excavated by Arthur Evans
1st palace destroyed by earthquake and built around 2000 B.C.
columns taper from top to bottom
no real facade, entrance faces the inner courtyard. has north, west, east, and south entrances outward
rooms are organized along major corridors
west side of central court hold: shrnies where ceremonies occur; state rooms; a ceremonial staircase with a row of wooden columns; cornices an horns; quoin-cut and rubbed straight (stone, rubble, covered in paint)
Throne room: (W) stucco restored and the thones is simple, taller with a high back than the benches in room
northwest: storage magazines filled with terracotta jars *pithoi, administrative agricultural goods
north: theatre area, stairs that might have been bleachers \
southeast- "queen" megaron: dolphins flipping over doorway (fresco, very restored)
east- residential area: "perforated architecture"
1. short partitions of wall, light and air and comminication
3. king's megaron: inside of 8-figure cowhide shields (frescoe)