Petras is the site of a Minoan palace in northeast Crete. Its cemetery consisted both of small cave tombs called rock shelters and monumental house tombs with many rooms constructed above ground and used as ossuaries. In one of the house tombs, a gold and lapis lazuli bead of unusual form was discovered in the recent excavations directed by Metaxia Tsipopoulou. The lapis lazuli is a gemstone carved as a six-lobed rounded form and set in gold. The date is Middle Minoan (MM) ii (ca. 1800–1700 b.c.). Lapis lazuli is very rare in Crete during this period, and the object is most likely an import from the Levant or one of the nearby regions in the eastern Mediterranean. The bead was constructed from several sections of gold, and it originally had a pair of the lapis lazuli additions.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener

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