Quartz Crystal In room 15, we found many quartz crystals.It is probable that this room, among others, was used for processing this rare and valuable material, which in antiquity was believed to have magical properties.
Although they resemble modern juice squeezers, we are not sure about their function.
The spout was designed to pour liquids, so we think that they may have been used either in the process of producing ceramics or for squeezing juice from fruits and vegetables.
Another idea is that they were used for food production, such as the congealing of milk in order to produce yogurt or cheese.
In addition, both lekanes had a hole at the base, which may have facilitated their smooth firing–the hole was likely used to position the vessel on a shaft in order to spin it, like on a potter’s wheel. Similar wheels have been found at other sites, including Nerokourou, Knossos, Archanes, Tylissos, Gournia, and Zakros.
Eventually, a small turntable was employed, with which a vessel could be turned around quickly and easily.
However, it took a long time for free-running, steady turntables to come into use.Pithos Among several pithoi that we have found in the Zominthos Central Building, there is a particularly interesting one that came to light in 2007.It took up a great area of the southeast and central part of room 15.Potter’s Wheel The potter’s wheel from the Zominthos Ceramics Workshop is one of the biggest found to date, in either a palace or palacelike structure (or villa). The Zominthos wheel has a diameter of 44 centimeters (17.3 inches) and a slightly projecting rim.It belongs to the well-known typology 3C (according to R. On the back, it has seven grooves/ridges and a collar (13 centimeters, 5.1 inches) with oblique cuts.The wheel would have been attached to a vertical axis that revolved around the socket.