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Long neglected by archaeologists, for thirty years the western Crete takes his revenge through the research of a Greek-Cretan team : l'“Ephorate of antiquities for West Crete” founded by Yannis Tzedakis.

The major site mentioned is that the center of the present city of Chania, called Kastelli, densely populated, but on which it is possible to examine surfaces made available on the occasion of habitat improvement projects.

In addition to various cemeteries, several houses have been excavated. The ceramics found are of very good quality. Analysis of the clay shows that the city was a center of pottery production, exporting its products to the exterior and interior of the island. Traces of fire, around 1450 BC, as the other sites of Crete, shows that this site was occupied during the Minoan period, before and after that date. But the heyday of this city seems to be near the end of the period, with significant trade with the Mycenaean world and the island of Kythira. A princely residence or palace are located in the municipality of Nerokourou, not far from Chania to Souda.

Many fragments of Linear A and B tablets have been extracted there. Some point Zeus, Dionysus and a sanctuary of Zeus. Several other evoke wheel pairs, probably imported from the mainland. A tablet of Knossos also mentions a wheel supply problem for charriots, expected to Kydonia. Which consolidates the name of the old town of Chania, called by the Greeks Hania and La Canée by the Frenchs.

Kydonia is known to be one of the three powerful cities of Minoan times, and is widely mentioned during the Iron Age.

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My notes of veracity :

Chania was called Kydonia during the Bronze Age: 3/5

Tag(s) : #Region: Europa, #Kingdom: Keftiu

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