Palaikastro is located at the eastern end of the island of Crete and has a rich history as a Minoan City and the locale of the Sanctuary of Diktaian Zeus. Study for publication is currently underway on the results of excavations conducted at Palaikastro in the 1980s and 1990s. A geophysical survey in 2001 revealed anomalies consistent with substantial Minoan architecture.

A new programme of excavations has been recently initiated aiming to investigate with cutting-edge methodologies new areas of the Minoan town. Moreover, a programme of ceramic analysis by the Fitch Laboratory focuses on defining the characteristics of local production and the reconstruction of the town's pottery landscape through time.