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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 - R1765-012

    Sujet : vase Matériau : argile Technique : tourné, Categorie : figure noire, Fragment : panse, Origine : Attique,
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    LAVREOTIKI, Melissia Iatrou-6095
    Lavreotiki, Melissia Iatrou, Kokkori-Demou plot. Manolis Psarros (B' ????) reports on the discovery of two 4th c. B.C. building complexes and a road to their north (Figs. 1, 2, 3). The east building is gamma-shaped and consists of 5 rooms and a courtyard. Only two rooms of the western building were excavated. One of them contained the stone base of a wooden column, which supported the roof (Fig. 4). The eastern building had grey floors of beaten earth and a subfloor of white/off-white beaten earth of unknown geological composition (Fig. 5). The same sub-floor was also found in the western building. Finds from the buildings include lamps (Fig. 6), drinking vessels, sherds from beehives (Fig. 7) and lekanes, some of which had been repaired with lead clamps (Fig. 8). D. Parra, A. Kapetaniou
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