This week we will be studying the Palace of Knossos, Crete. We will study the Minoan civilization 3,000 -1,450 B.C. The palace was not build just for a king, it was like a modern day shopping mall/office building. It was a beautiful open air palace. The Minoans did not have to build the palace in a fortified manner. They were able to see their enemy coming on the ocean. I will compare the Palace of Knossos to a Mycenaean fortified palace on the mainland of Greece. We will look at several murals in the Palace of Knossos. The Minoans decorated their murals and pottery with ocean life. The students are going to make and design a paper maiche bowl and decorate it with sea life. The students will use a ceramic bowl to use as a mold. Should be interesting! The following are some photos of the Palace and Crete.