The Nekropolis of Armenoi



In 1969, two students discovered two ceramic vessels in the area of Prinokefalo in the community of Armenoi and delivered them to the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. Excavations in the area revealed a large cemetery of the post-Minoan period. Until today, more than 220 tombs have been excavated. The cemetery was carefully designed. All the tombs are carved with an arch and a sloping path, except one which is vaulted. The tombs were labeled with crude stones and pyramid-like or plate-like columns. They were family tombs as they contained many bodies, placed either on the floor or in sarcophagus. Various objects (ceramics, armory, tools, and jewelry) give us important information about the art, religion and social life of the time.