Never-before-seen Minoan artefacts go on display in the UK

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Over 100 Minoan artifacts have gone on display in the Labyrinth – Knossos, Myth and Reality exhibition at the Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum in the United Kingdom on February 10.

The exhibition has Minoan artefacts which have never-been-seen-before and have never left Crete and Greece.

The selected Minoan artefacts have been lent by the Archaeological Museum and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Heraklion, Crete, and will be exhibited until July 30, 2023.

Curator of the exhibition, Dr Andrew Shapland, said the purpose of the exhibition is “to look at the myths of Crete but also at the archaeological reality which might lie behind them. How the traditions developed in Crete which led to these myths being created.”

The Poros Ewer. Credit: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

The Minoan civilisation occurred during the Bronze Age period of Crete and flourished from about 3000 BCE to about 1100 BCE.

The civilisations artefacts were discovered after WWII by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the early 20th century.

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