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Administrative Region : Crete
Regional unit : Heraklion

Kamilari is a village on the island of Crete, Greece, with 339 inhabitants. There is an archaeological site of an ancient Minoan cemetery nearby.

Etymology of the name 'Kamilari'

The origin of the name 'Kamilari' is Byzantine. It is derived from the word 'kamilaris' meaning 'the one who rides a camel'.[1].


Kamilari village is built on the top of three hills, Evgora, Goulas and Alevrota.

The Minoan tholos tomb is on a low hill 1.9 kilometers southwest of Hagia Triada.


East of the tomb were five rooms, probably added during Middle Minoan IIIA, and an area for offerings north of these rooms. Here, 500 vases were found upside down. Another 250 vases were found inside the tholos tomb.

Three clay models were found in the Late Minoan IIIA burials. One is of a group of dancers, another is two people standing in front of four seated people, and the third is of a banquet including the Minoan horns "of consecration" and doves. These artefacts are on display at the Heraklion Museum.

Village Amenities

There are numerous villas and rooms to rent. There is a supermarket with a traditional butcher's shop.

Great fairs are also held during the feast-days of the village on the 27th of July and on the 6th of August [2].



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Swindale, Ian Retrieved 11 February 2006

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