Knosos in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Looking down, you can see the start of the corridor that joins eighteen long and narrow storerooms, covering an area of 1300 square meters (Figure 1).
In the floor of both the storerooms and corridor, there are ninety-three rectangular cists, the so-called "Kassellas". From the finds it appears they were used for keeping safe precious equipment and vases. There are also even larger cists in the corridor, internally lined, perhaps to hold liquids.
The pithoi (large storage jars) (Figure 2) of the "West Magazines" bear witness to the wealth of the Palace. The remains of some 150 pithoi were found, although there is room for about 400. Their contents are unknown, although they could have been oil, wine, pulses, etc.
At different points of the magazines, clay tablets came to light in the Linear B script with records of an economic character. At the north end of the corridor, a large number of older clay seal impressions and clay tablets in the Cretan Hieroglyphic script were discovered.
Location. 35° 17.872′ N, 25° 9.768′ E. Marker is in Knosos, Crete, in Heraklion. Marker can be reached from Dedalou south of Glafkou, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Piano Nobile" (a few steps from this marker); Conservation - restoration of the "West Magazines" (a few steps from this marker); West Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); "Throne Room" (within shouting distance of this marker); South Entrance, Corridor with the "Prince of the Lilies" Fresco (within shouting distance of this marker); "Kouloures" (within shouting distance of this marker); "North Lustral Basin" (within shouting distance of this marker); Palace of Knossos (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Knosos.
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