Located some 5 km (3 mi) south of Heraklion, the Palace of Knossos is the most important and best known Minoan palace complex in Crete.
The great palace was built gradually between 17 BC, with periodic rebuildings after destruction until it was devastated once and for all by fire.
Although summers have been colder over the past 10,000 years, these trees have survived harsh weather conditions due to their ability to push out another trunk as the other one died.
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Previously, pine trees in North America have been cited as the oldest at 4,000 to 5,000 years old.
In the Swedish mountains, from Lapland in the North to Dalarna in the South, scientists have found a cluster of around 20 spruces that are over 8,000 years old.
The site, was erected by hunter-gatherers in the 10th millennium BC (!
) making it by far the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered.
The tree now growing above the finding place and the wood pieces dating 9,550 years have the same genetic material.
The actual has been tested by carbon-14 dating at a laboratory in Miami, Florida, USA.
Do they really originate from the east, as taught in schools?
"My research indicates that spruces have spent winters in places west or southwest of Norway where the climate was not as harsh in order to later quickly spread northerly along the ice-free coastal strip," says Leif Kullman.
It could have been used primarily as an administrative center, a religious center—or both, in a theocratic manner.
Knossos is also often associated with the legend of the Athenian hero Theseus killing the Minotaur.
The ability of spruces to survive harsh conditions also presents other questions for researchers.