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Minoans, First Advanced European Civilization, Originated From Europe Not Africa

By Gemma Tarlach | May 14, 2013 10:11 am

Ancient jars in Knossos Palace, Greece. Photo by zz1969 / Shutterstock

The Minoans, considered the first advanced civilization in Bronze Age Europe, left behind massive building complexes, stunning artwork and hieroglyphs—but few clues about their origins.

Archaeologists first posited that the Minoans came to the Greek island of Crete from northern Africa, establishing themselves on the island about 5,000 years ago. Subsequent theories suggested Balkan or Middle Eastern origins for the civilization. But research published today in Nature Communications reveals both a more European, and home-grown, development.

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