A dozen miles south is the city of ancient Eleftherna where significant archeological excavations take place.
The city was founded by the Dorians in the 9th century BC .The University of Crete since 1985 makes systematic excavations each summer and the findings so far are many and impressive. The discovery of the double tomb 2,700 years old, which hid more than 3,000 sheets of gold and the first depiction of the bee as a goddess is one of the many important excavations.
Unfortunately, to date, the numerous and striking findings have not been accumulated in a museum. Recently, however, it has been decided that the construction of an impressive site to host all these artifacts which have been found will soon begin.