Archaeologists in Greece have unearthed what they believe may be the most complete Minotaur skeleton ever found. Discovered on the Island of Crete, just outside Heraklion, it has already sparked a lot of excitement in the archaeologist community.
The expedition led by Dr. Harold Grant, had been digging for several weeks before making their discovery. Next began the painstaking process of removing the surrounding bedrock from the fossil. So far the team has spent roughly two months clearing the site.
In a number of publications around the world, scientists have begun to speculate about this great beast’s life. What its primary diet could have been, how long it lived for and hopefully many more insight into these ancient creatures.
Some have also begun to speculate about how the creature died. One historian has even gone as far as to say that this could be the very Minotaur that was slain by Theseus himself!
“If you look at the proximity of the dig site to the location of the ancient great maze it is hard think any different,” Said Dr. said Dr. Alika Galanos of the University of Crete in an article submitted to Unearthly Sciences Magazine. “In science one must never jump to a conclusion, but one must also know when to spot a path and follow it. Once fully excavated I would not at all be surprised to see marks of past wounds entirely consistent with those described in the books of Theseus.”
Others disagree: “We have found several hundred Minotaur skeletons to date, nearly half of those on Crete,” said one popular scientist on Twitter. “I find it astonishing that anyone would claim that we could possibly say with any degree of accuracy just who this animal was.”
Regardless of the life of this animal, the entire scientific community will be waiting with baited breath for the fossil to be fully excavated, and will no doubt be clamoring to study and learn more about this mysterious ancient creature.