This is the site of on-going archaeological excavations of a Minoan settlement on a very beautiful sandy beach east of Matala. Kommos was a Minoan harbour from the early time of Minoan civilization. It was probably the major port of entry in the Mesara Plain, and monumental buildings near the shore and paved roads towards Mesara suggest a customs house. Remains from the Greek era have also been found in Kommos. A temple built here in the tenth century B.C. is one of the oldest known in Greece. Remainders of later temples dating from the fourth to the first century B.C. are now visible.
This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
Professor, Aegean and Greek Art and Archaeology; Homer and Archaeology, Univercity of Toronto.
Numerous articles on Aegean fresco painting and Aegean-Egyptian interconnections; Co-editor (with J.W. Shaw) and author in a series of volumes on the Excavations of Kommos, Crete.
Topics of currrent research:
Votive sculpture from the Greek Sanctuary at Kommos; Study of textile patterns in Minoan wall paintings for a special exhibition (entitled Crete and Egypt) in the Archeological Museum in Herakleion, Crete; Ongoing research on the Minoan Civic Centre at Kommos, Crete; Book on Minoan Wall Painting.
Fellowships and Awards for research in the field of Aegean wall painting and, indirectly, in the study of the archeological remains at Kommos; Honorary citizen of Pitsidia, Crete, with J.W. Shaw.
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