The Hagia Photia Cemetery takes its name from the nearby village on the northeast coast of Crete, 5 km east of modern Siteia. This large Early Minoan burial ground with over fifteen hundred Cycladic imports was discovered in 1971. A total of 263 tombs were excavated as a rescue excavation in 1971 and 1984. Among the 1800 artefacts are some of the earliest known Cretan discoveries of several types: the grave goods come mostly from the Kampos Group, an assemblage of artefacts known mainly from the Cyclades. Similarly, the tombs represent an architectural style and a series of burial customs that are foreign to Crete but familiar from elsewhere within the Aegean. In fact, the cemetery has such close parallels from the Cyclades that it has often been regarded as a Cycladic colony. The burial contents are an extremely interesting body of evidence for the study of the formative phases of Minoan Crete.
About the Author
Ph D; Laura H. Carnell Professor of Prehistoric Aegean Art and Archaeology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; retired Adjunct Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; 2003 Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement, Archaeological Institute of America; author and editor of numerous articles and books in Aegean Bronze Age Art and Archaeology.