View of Gournia from the East 

The archaeological site of Gournia sits on the north coast of the Isthmus of Ierapetra in East Crete. Possessing some 50 well-preserved houses, a system of cobbled streets, a central court, a Minoan palace, and cemetery, Gournia gives the visitor the best picture of what a Late Bronze Age (1500 B.C.) town looked like. Gournia was a regional production center of bronze tools and weapons, domestic objects, and pottery and stone vases, an active trade emporium with overseas connections to other parts of the Aegean and the Near East, and the palatial administrative center for the Mirabello region. Its harbor complex consists of a monumental shipshed, fortification walls with towers, a riverside dam, and a cobbled street running from the coast to Town. 

Dug first during 1901–1904, the site is now under excavation again (2010–2014) by the University at Buffalo in New York, with participants from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The final season is from June 16-July 26, 2014 (orientation is on June 15, 2014). Thanks to all that applied, and we look forward to all the new personnel this year (for information, see the volunteer form page)! If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Disclaimer: Text and images from are those of the Gournia Excavation Project, unless otherwise stated. If you would like to use any of the information or images from the website, or have any questions, please email Thank you.

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