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Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta
Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta Farmakokefalo, Crete, Kreta

Nederlands Papagianades Between Papagiannades and Agios Georgios in eastern Crete, along the highway that runs between Sitia and Makrigialos, you find the sign that points to the Late Minoan cemetery of Farmakokefalo (1400-1100 BC). The paved road stops after a while and turns into a dirt track. If you want you can park your car here. The rest of the directions are not very clear, because after a while you will encounter a fork in the road where there are no signs. Those who turn left end up at a garbage dump and than the road goes on up towards a church. You have to take the road leading right in order to get to the excavation.

Anyone who believes that he will encounter an extensive Minoan excavation will be disappointed. We actually really only saw the sign and the hill and we walked around it and climbed it but didn't find anything. Yet there is a very small excavation. There are two tombs carved into the hill. One is still intact and the other has collapsed. Perhaps even more graves are concealed under the earth, but personally I found it, except for the fact that it was a nice walk, nevertheless disappointing, because if you put such a large sign on the side of the road you expect something more than that.

Hans Huisman, 2014
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