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Minos was associated in Greek mythology with the labyrinth, which Evans identified with the site at Knossos.However, Karl Hoeck had already used the title Das Minoische Kreta in 1825 for volume two of his Kreta; this appears to be the first known use of the word "Minoan" to mean "ancient Cretan".Archaeologist Hermann Bengtson has also found a Minoan influence in Canaanite artifacts.

Radiocarbon dating has indicated a date in the late 17th century BC; In the late third millennium BC, several locations on the island developed into centers of commerce and handiwork; this enabled the upper classes to exercise leadership and expand their influence.

Although the Minoan language and writing systems (Linear A) remain undeciphered, and are the subject of academic dispute, they apparently conveyed a language entirely different from the later Greek.