Archaeological site of Gournia, Crete

The site of this ancient city is located approximately 19 kilometres from Agios Nikolaos. It flourished during the Late Minoan Period from 1600 - 1400 BC and began to decline around 1450 due to a large fire which destroyed much of the city. The name of the city is thought to have derived from the Greek word gournes which were ancient cisterns adjacent to every house to feed livestock. Excavations began at the beginning of the 20th century and a palace, the residence of the local administrator, a market and the foundations of stone houses and paved roads were uncovered. Many artefacts were also brought to light including household tools and utensils as well as items used in religious ceremonies. The former finds give a picture of the daily life of these ancient people who seem to have been occupied with stockbreeding, carpentry and fishing.

Archaeological site of Gournia crete