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  • The Minoan site of Malia is located in a coastal plain in northern Crete, 30km east of Heraklion, at the foot of the Selena range.

    A town, bordered to the northwest by coastal cliffs, to the east by limestone outcrops, and to the southwest by the current beach, developed around a Bronze Age palace on a small hill.

    The town must therefore have included a port, but so far no port facilities have been found on the coast.

    Malia is one of the four major Minoan palaces discovered on Crete (along with the buildings at Knossos, Phaistos and Zakros), but is also the palatial town of which we currently have the best knowledge: several areas of housing, some roads, and necropolises have been explored.

    Sections of a thick wall, deemed to be a fortification wall, have been excavated in several locations around the town.

    Conversely, ‘Malia’ is the name of the modern village, of which the ancient name is unknown.

    © EfA / Maia Pomadère and Julien Zurbach

     

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    Thasos - Acropole ; Athénaion (sanctuaire d'Athéna), GTh 65 - L10034-018

    rempart sanctuaire, mur, trace, rocher, parement interne Matériau : marbre,
    Archimage is intended to gradually put online the graphic and photographic documents, kept in the Archives service of FSA.

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    MOSCHATO - HSAP railway tracks-6099
    Moschato, HSAP railway tracks, (halfway between Kallithea and Moschato stations). Anna Maria Anagnostopoulou (???' ????) and Maria Raftopoulou (???' ????) report on the discovery of a stretch of the South or Middle Long Wall (Figs. 1, 2, 3). Specifically, the internal (north) face of the wall was excavated for a length of 38 m. It has an E-W orientation and runs parallel to the railway tracks. A three-stepped krepis was found and the orthostates. These were made from good quality poros stone from the Piraeus. Tool marks are visible on the boulders. The fill of the wall, in-between the orthostates, consisted of rubble. Mud bricks, which were not found, would have been placed on top of this fill. A stone staircase, which would have led to the top of the wall, was also found. More walls were
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