The Kamares Cave, found in central Crete, was explored through intensive site survey between 2002 and 2003 under the direction of Loeta Tyree (American School of Classical Studies at Athens) and Aleydis Van de Moortel (University of Tennessee Knoxville). They found a large amount of deposited ceramics, which led to the conclusion that the cave likely functioned as a sacred cave. The various pottery styles found suggest that Minoans visited the cave during all periods of the Bronze Age and the sheer number of vases demonstrates that these were more than casual visits. The goal of this project was to better understand the cult activities that took place at the sanctuary and to re-evaluate its role and importance in the Minoan world.

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