|The newly discovered inscribed stone libation altar from Zominthos is carefully|
lifted from its hiding place [Credit: To Vima]
Hailed as the most significant find of this year’s excavation season at Zominthos, each of the altar’s twelve sides or registers is inscribed with symbols of the Linear A script.
“It is a ritual altar, hence its small dimensions (20x20 cm)”, explained archaeologist Dr. Effie Sapouna-Sakellarakis, who discovered the rare artefact a few days ago during the excavation of the large building complex at Zominthos.
“The study of the inscription will take time and will certainly be conducted by specialists of the Minoan script in the hope that it will reveal important information about the rituals that took place at Zominthos around 3,500 year ago” she added.
The altar was not the only ritual object discovered at the site this year, which testifies to the sacred character of the complex, which is now unquestionably recognized as a palace.
For more information on the excavations at Zominthos, visit Interactive Dig Crete: Zominthos Project
Source: To Vima [August 11, 2013]