Near the palace archeologists unearthed several parts of a Minoan
city and about 500 m to the north, the Golden Pit or Chrysolakkos. It was a Minoan cemetery,
from which came, among other funerary objects, the famous gold
pendant of two bees (17th century BC) displayed in the
Archeological Museum of Heraklion.
The West Court
is an archaeological site and has processional causeways leading to the north and south
entrances. At the south entrance end of the west court are the Granaries that
are built as eight circular pits
from the Old Palace Period before you enter the palace . These structures, as those of
Festos, are assumed to have been storage facilities. The pillar stumps
indicate that the bins were roofed.