A few days ago (early morning on November 10), a torrential rain on the Greek island of Crete caused a maze of Knossos, a famous archaeological site with a history of nearly 4,000 years, to soak in the water. The reason is that the amount of water is too large, and the underground drainage pipe cannot drain the accumulated water away. The local archaeological department has sought help from the Greek Ministry of Culture and the local government.
The Greek Ministry of Culture then issued a statement stating that in addition to the heavy rain, the laying of drainage pipes and the geographical environment of the archaeological site also contributed to the formation of the Knossos Labyrinth.
According to the current assessment, there is no risk of wall collapse or other serious damage at the Knossos Labyrinth site. After the stagnant water is drained, all the mud adhering to the site’s buildings can be removed.
The Greek Ministry of Culture also stated that it will re-plan a more reasonable drainage system in the future to prevent rainwater from flowing into the low-lying archaeological excavation area.
The ruins of Knossos Labyrinth are located about 9 kilometers southeast of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. It was built around 1900 BC and has a history of nearly 4000 years. Some experts believe that it is the palace of Sarpedon, a fellow brother of King Minos of Crete. It is now waiting to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.