Armeni. Armeni, a village in Crete, it is located ten kilometers (6 miles) south of Rethymno town. It lies in the Armenokampos Valley at the foot of the mountain Vrysina. In the year 961, Armenian soldiers came here with the Byzantine Emperor Nikiforos Fokas to liberate Crete. Hence the name "Armeni."
The main occupation of the inhabitants was formerly the acorn harvest which was important in tanning leather. Armeni is located near an oak forest. A little further beyond the forest, is a cemetery from the Late Minoan period where in the year 1969, two hundred graves were discovered. Prior to these tombs being discovered, archaeological finds, such as clay sarcophagi, tools, weapons, beads and jewelry, pottery, clay figurines, miniature objects and other key findings, provided much information about the way of living in antiquity.
Text: Jorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer