Knosos in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Three large pits, known as "Kouloures" (rings) (Figure 1), with stone-lined walls were built in the West Court during the Old Palace period (1900-1700 B.C.). The excavation workmen gave them their name and Arthur Evans kept it.
The function of the circular pits is not clear. They have been interpreted as rubbish dumps either for all the refuse from the Palace or just the leftovers from sacred offerings. Support has also been given to the idea that they were for storing grain.
In two of them, it is possible to see the remains of houses of the Pre-Palatial period (3200-1900 B.C.). In the New Palace period (1700-1450 B.C.), the "Kouloures" were covered over and went out of use.
Location. 35° 17.885′ N, 25° 9.734′ E. Marker is in Knosos, Crete, in Heraklion. Marker can be reached from Dedalou south of Glafkou, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located on the island of Crete, just south of the capital city of Heraklion, in the Palace of Knossos archaeological park, and you must be walking on the grounds of the archaeological park in oder to see this marker. Marker is in this post office area: Knosos, Crete 714 09, Greece.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Palace of Knossos (here, next to this marker); Conservation - restoration of the "West Magazines" (within shouting distance of this marker); West Magazines (within shouting distance of this marker); The work of the Knossos Scientific Committee on the Palace and the archaeological site (within shouting distance of this marker); "Piano Nobile" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Theatral Area", "Royal Road" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Throne Room" (within shouting distance of this marker); West Wing (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knosos.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 13, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.