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Minoan clothing was suitable to the mild climate of Crete and bore simple geometric designs. Men wore loincloths and kilts. Women wore robes that had short sleeves and layered flounced skirts. Women's clothing often fitted on top and open allowing the breasts to be exposed. They wore bracelets on their ankles and were decorated with earings, cosmetics and hair design.

Minoan clothing was suitable to the mild climate of Crete and bore simple geometric designs. Men wore loincloths and kilts. Women wore robes that had short sleeves and layered flounced skirts. Women's clothing often fitted on top and open allowing the breasts to be exposed. They wore bracelets on their ankles and were decorated with earings, cosmetics and hair design.

By Ewen CallawayWhen the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans discovered the 4,000-year-old Palace of Minos on Crete in 1900, he saw the vestiges of a long-lost civilization whose artifacts set it apart from later Bronze-Age Greeks. Ancient DNA recovered from Cretan caves suggests that the Minoan civilization emerged from the early farmers who settled the islands thousands of years earlier

By Ewen CallawayWhen the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans discovered the 4,000-year-old Palace of Minos on Crete in 1900, he saw the vestiges of a long-lost civilization whose artifacts set it apart from later Bronze-Age Greeks. Ancient DNA recovered from Cretan caves suggests that the Minoan civilization emerged from the early farmers who settled the islands thousands of years earlier

mycenaeanfresco.jpg   Minoan Costume

mycenaeanfresco.jpg Minoan Costume

The Minoans

The Minoans

Evans's "Snake Goddess" from Knossos, Crete c. 1600 BCE (Archeological Museum, Herakleion)

Evans's "Snake Goddess" from Knossos, Crete c. 1600 BCE (Archeological Museum, Herakleion)