DNA analysis is unearthing the origins of the Minoans, who some 5,000 years ago established the first advanced Bronze Age civilization in present-day Crete. The findings suggest they arose from an ancestral Neolithic population that had arrived in the region about 4,000 years earlier.
This beautiful fresco was found in a small house northwest of the palace with richly decorated walls. It is called the House of the Frescoes. The second fresco is in the Caravanserai, a probable reception hall at the south of the palace. Some of the rooms have baths and the walls are decorated with wall paintings.