When a farmer near the Cretan village of Kentri was parking on his property in August 2018, he chose a shady spot under an olive grove. But the ground beneath him was unstable, and he drove away as the earth fell beneath him. It wasn’t until he looked back at the hole that he realized he needed to call in archaeological experts. Because he’d just discovered a 3,400-year-old tomb and dozens of priceless artifacts.
Greece is a country of over 2,000 islands, but Crete is the biggest. It also has a long and rich history. People have lived there since before 6500 BCE. Even the people of mainland Ancient Greece were enthralled by the legends that Crete produced. And among them was the mythical creature Minotaur.
The Minotaur is human in shape, but with a bull’s head. The god Poseidon sent a beautiful white bull to Minos, king of Crete, to be sacrificed. When Minos refused to kill the animal, Poseidon forced his wife, Queen Pasiphae, to fall in love with the bull. And it was from the union of woman and bull that the Minotaur was born.