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 was under excavation again (2010–2014) by the University at Buffalo in New York, with participants from the Pacific, the United States and Canada, and Europe. For project pictures, click here. Please check out the May/June 2015 issue of Archaeology Magazine for an article, "The Minoans of Crete," by Jarrett A. Lobell about the site and latest excavations.
The final excavation season was in June-July 2014; project study seasons will be in the summers of 2015-2017. We may be looking for personnel for the 2017 season. Please check back periodically for an update and click here for further information. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.