National Geographic : 1981 Feb
CLUES TO THE MOST DESPERATE RITE OFALL THEIR CONTENTS DESTROYED, tall ceramic jars,or pithoi (below), set in the east room of the excavated temple, probably held offerings of fruits, grains,honey, and even bolts of cloth. In the temple's west room the extraordinaryposi tion of two adult skeletons (lower right) suggests the terrorof the final moments. The young woman, believed to have been a priestess,died prone with legs splayed. The six-foot man fell with his hands raised,as if wardingofffalling timbers.He wore two ornaments of the wealthy class; his ring was made of silver and iron,the lattera rarecommodity in the BronzeAge (right), and on his wristwastied a stone seal (farright) decoratedwith a slender boat poled by a man. This excavation yielded the first earth quake victims from the quake-plagued Minoan civilization-and,in the authors'opinion, the first human sacrificialvictim in Crete.
1981 Feb 28