National Geographic : 1972 May
Bowing to eternal winds, barley heads wave across a beautifully preserved ewer. This vessel perhaps held libations meant to appease the gods and ensure a boun tiful harvest. Ageless ways live on in Akrotiri, a hilltop village near the author's excava tions. Here a farmer win nows barley threshed under the hoofs of his mule, while the resting animal munches leftover stalks. Hand-powered wheel devours fava beans through its center hole, grinds away the husks, and spits them out at the base. Minoans apparently used favas about the size and shape of small lima beans-in fertili ty rituals. Today's Therans eat them in a hearty soup.