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Eileithyia Cave

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Alternate name  Cave of Eileithyia
Region  Greece
Location  Crete
Periods  Neolithic, Bronze Age
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Eileithyia Cave (also the Cave of Eileithyia) was a Neolithic, Minoan and Mycenaean sacred cave dedicated to the goddess of childbirth, Eileithyia, on the island of Crete.

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Geography

The cave is located one kilometer south of the town of Amnisos.

Mythology

The cave is mentioned in Odysseus's Cretan narrative to Penelope in the Odyssey.

Archaeology

The Eileithyia Cave was occupied by prehistoric human settlers from the Neolithic period until around 400 BCE. The archaeological finds made in the cave are on display at the Iraklion Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Iraklion.

References

Eileithyia Cave Wikipedia


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