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The Archeological Museum of Herakleion contains a unique collection of ancient objects from excavations carried out in all parts of Crete including the archeological sites of Knossos, Phaistos, Gortyn and many others. The exhibits cover a period of 5,000 years, from the Neolithic era to the Greco-Roman period and include examples of pottery, stone carving, seal engraving (one of the miniature arts at which the Minoans excelled), gold work remarkable for the excellence of its technique and the variety of its subjects, metal work (household utensils, tools, weapons, and sacred axes, carefully and ingeniously made), and frescos. One of its primary attractions happens to be giant double-headed axes of enormous size (photo on left). These ancient axes are much taller than any human being, and the museum fails to provide any details as to their origin. The fact that these objects are very large does not prove that they were wielded by giants. Perhaps as some sources claim, they were just ceremonial objects. However, the fact that the size detail is often omitted and the objects shown without anything that could provide scale is cause for some suspicion. We can only get a sense of their size from tourist photographs such as those shown here. Average adults are about one-half the height of these giant axes. 

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Originally posted 2017-12-17 20:57:51.