Hole In The Ground Revealed Historic Artifacts Dating Back 3,400 Years

As he pulled his car up to park under a tree and hide away from the sun, he could never have imagined that the earth beneath him would crumble and reveal something spectacular.

A Summers Day

It was just a normal summers day in August 2018, when one man arrived at his home and parked his car underneath an olive tree in his garden. As he positioned the car out of the sun, he felt as if the ground beneath him was unsecured and worrying what it might be, he moved from that particular spot of land, and nothing could have prepared him for what came next.

Black Hole

As he pulled away, the ground tremored and within seconds, he watched the earth where he was just standing, fall into what seemed like, a black hole. Standing there in utter shock, the man couldn’t believe what he had just witnessed. How was it possible for the earth to disintegrate like that? Was there something at the bottom of the hole?

Calling On The Experts

As he peered over the edge of the hole, he noticed something there at the very bottom, but of course, he knew it wasn’t safe for him to attempt to search the inside of the hole on his own, he would have to ask for help. As his curiosity grew about his find, it wasn’t long until he was on the phone to several archaeological experts. Would they be able to offer him the answers he was looking for? What if they didn’t take him seriously, after all, it wasn’t a regular occurrence.

What Did They Say?

Much of Greece has attracted researchers for many years, but his location was not a particular area in which they have any found any special evidence in regards to ancient Greece. Speaking with the archaeologists, he explained in detail about the bizarre moment in which the earth sank into a hole, right next to where he stood, if it was a few moments earlier, it could have led to a serious accident.

History Of Greece

The strange event occurred in the beautiful country of Greece, a place rich in culture and history. Dating all the way back to 6500 BCE when people first began building a life for themselves in Ancient Greece. A country made up of 2,000 islands, with Crete being its biggest, legends have been passed on through time and the man’s discovery was about to shed light on Greece’s past.


One of the most well-known stories from the past is that of the Minotaur, a mostly human creature with a bull’s head. Legend has it, that the God Poseidon sent a white bull to the King of Crete, Minos, to be used for sacrifice. Unable to kill the bull, Poseidon ensured his wife, Queen Pasiphae, fell in love with the animal, thus the Minotaur was born, but what did that all have to do with the man’s find?

Fled From Greece

The story of the Minotaur is a detailed one that is important to the man’s find. As King Minos fed the Minotaur on the people of Athens, it wasn’t long until someone needed to end the unjust and it was Theseus, that subsequently killed the Minotaur in a plan with Mino’s daughter, Ariadne, who he then fled with. Was this relic lying there beneath the olive grove?

Shedding Light

Ever since the time of the Minoans, there has been very little information about their history passed on, although we know much of mainland Greece is influenced by this time. A civilization that once lived a grand lifestyle and later died out, historians were indeed desperate to find something that would shed light on that particular era, and thanks to the man, that time had come.

Amazing Discovery

As the man listened to the exclaimed emotions of the archaeologists on the other end of the phone as he described his find, he understood that he had just discovered something very exciting. The person asked him repeatedly what happened as if he didn’t believe the man and his story. Shouting out into his office, there was some commotion on the other end of the line. What did they know that the man didn’t?

Burning The Past

Crete was a place that had belonged to many people in its time, however as those era’s moved on and other people took over the land, a lot of the ancient treasure was lost and destroyed. It was a common affair that all belongings from those that inhabited the land previously were burnt and left in the past. This has caused a big problem for historians when trying to piece together ancient times.

Explore The Site

As he made certain calls, he understood that he needed to contact the Lassithi Ephorate of Antiquities, who was the local heritage ministry. Any find like this had to be immediately reported and if they weren’t, those who made the discovery would be breaking the law! It seemed for the particular occasion, the ministry didn’t want to waste any time and by the following day, they had sent researchers and archaeologists to explore the hole.

Thriving Area

As everyone arrived, it became a very exciting event and the man watched on in anticipation. After securing the site, those there to assist began to dig deep into the hole to see what was inside. There were a group of four people leading the investigation and they were constantly going back and forth with each other, taking pictures and uploading them into a digital laboratory. It was a very interesting time for everyone involved, and no one could have anticipated the outcome.

Thousands Of Years Ago

As experts dove into and secured the site, they quickly found that it was indeed a carved limestone enclosure that was 2.5 meters wide, that had amazingly been sealed during the Minoan times, 3,400 years ago! The researchers announced that it would have originally been created as a tomb, so what could be in there after all this time?

Unusual Place

The tomb was found in a small village called Kentri, on the island of Crete and it had remained hidden for all this time, without anyone even knowing about its existence. Living high in the mountainous terrain of Ierapetra, Kentri, the discovery was one that certainly came as a shock to experts. Any previous evidence of the Minoan civilization and those before was mostly unearthed in the lowlands.

Dating Back To The Bronze Age

There, at the bottom of the hole was an eight-foot-deep and four-foot-wide tomb with two separate areas that had been carved into the stone, with both having something rather incredible inside. There were two rectangle shaped boxes that dated all the way back to the Bronze Age, and from what historians already know, it was the Minoans who used them.

What Was Inside?

The boxes, although they were created to appear as wooden chests, were actually built from clay and these artifacts were called larnakes. With one particular use, it certainly was not a comfortable fit for those that ended up residing inside of the trunks. As they continued to look, they went on to find much more astonishing pieces.

Intricate Drawings

The chest’s that stored the remains were not only molded together but they were decorated, as were most from this time. The ancient drawings, similar to the Egyptian hieroglyphics, showed sea creatures, religious ceremonies, hunting traditions as well as delicate patterned designs, and it didn’t stop there.

Greek Artifacts

Not only did the experts discover the chests and what they concealed, but they also came across stunning pieces of pottery that related to other ancient Greek finds. The handmade pottery in question was the typical traditional type of a tall ancient jar with a narrow neck and handles, better known as an amphora. The man was still in disbelief that this impressive part of history was there in his back garden this whole time.

Amphora Artifact Of Ancient Greece

An amphora was a key object in Ancient Greece that was used for many different reasons, with the words true meaning being, “to carry on both sides”. In those times, the now famous jars were used to transport goods and often were chosen as the perfect place to store food such as olives, cereal and liquids like wine and oil. During the Athenian Panathenaic games, the amphora was also offered as a prize to the winners. Could the objects tell us something about who was in the tomb?

Similar Finds

Even after all this time, the quality of the amphorae was utterly stunning which showed that they were made to the highest quality and offered an insight into the status of whom the tomb was built for. Despite this particular find giving the researchers a lot of information, there had been other Minoan tombs found with much more room, probably designed for royalty.

Who Were They Created For?

The size of the tomb and the artifacts found inside proved that it belonged to someone who was of a very high class within society, however, they were not quite royal. The find echoed among archaeologists worldwide, and many sought permission to attend the site for their own research purposes. Those first on-site found the tomb to have been created for two men.

What Happened To Them?

Hoping to find some information regarding how the decline of the Minoan civilization happened, theorists claim that natural, multiple natural disasters brought them to their end. With an earthquake, along with the eruption of the Thera volcano and a devastating tsunami, this could have been the reason why the Minoan people no longer exist.

Did The Eruption Ruin Everything?

Following the tragic volcanic eruption that occurred in the Santorini Islands, research has confirmed that the Minoan town of Akrotiri was destroyed during the natural disaster. Making history, the town is the largest area to have ever been buried by a volcanic eruption. The central area of the Minoan Civilization was just 70 miles away from the site.