Excavations have brought to light a palace similar to Knossos (also built around 1900 B.C. and abandoned about 1450 B.C.). At Hrissolakos (Pit of Gold), archaeologists also unearthed the districts surrounding the Minoan palace and cemetery. The palace covered an area of about 9.000 sq.m. Many of the objects displayed in Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum were found at Malia.