The large village with the ancient name Archanes is 10 km south of Knossos, to the sink, east of mountain Yuchtas. On top of mountain Yuchtas there was the large peak sanctuary was built. At this sanctuary of Giouchtas devotees from Knossos and Archanes made their offerings. Later tradition placed Zeus’ tomb on the peak of Yuchtas. There was a Minoan town of considerable importance with a palace on the site of the small modern town, while its cemetery was on the hill of Phourni to the southwest, and west at the palce called Anemospilia there was the unique sanctuary where a human sacrifice was held. 3 km south of Archanes is the Minoan villa of Vathypetro. In Geometric, Archaic and Classical years there was still the large village called Archanes. Cemeteries of these periods have been excavated at different places. In Hellenistic and Roman years it was still a large village which came under Knossos. In Byzantine years and Venetian domination Archanes still existed, as the deeds mention. In the beginning of 14th century the churches of Asomatos with the fine frescoes of Palaeologan style, of Agia Paraskevi and Agia Triada. The travelers of 15th century spoke of the tomb of Zeus on mountain Yuchtas.
Dr Andonis Vasilakis