The Rise and Fall of a Rich Minoan Town in Crete: 50 Years of Greek-American Collaboration Excavating at Mochlos
Jeffrey S. Soles
Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Settled as early as 3100 BCE, the small village of Mochlos grew into an important town in the Middle and Late Bronze Age partly because of its location on an important trade route that connected the Aegean to the Near East and allowed its inhabitants to prosper, and partly because of its function as a center of production that met the needs of the surrounding population and travelers passing through on ships. It also came to play an important role in the religious activities of the region and was a sacred place to those who lived there and to many visitors who came as pilgrims to its shrines.