The necropolis of

Agia Fotia

Agia Fotia Necropolis
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Near the beach of Agia Fotia, province Sitia and in the location Vlychada, the largest cemetery of the Bronze Age (4500–3500 BC) in Greece has been located with 302 tombs, of which 50 had already been destroyed or looted. From the tombs came to light 1800 vessels of various types, stone and bronze objects (axes, hand mills, hooks, spearheads, etc.). The tombs were primitive, chamber-like or simple pits dug in soft rock.

A few meters to the west, on the hill of Kefala, traces of the settlement that was associalted with the cemetery of Vlychada have been found. A rectangular building of the Middle Minoan period has been discovered, where there are indications of a metallurgical installation, as molds were found for the construction of copper axes. The foundations of two large round buildings were later built on the ruins of the same building, which are probably vaulted tombs (which are very rare in Eastern Minoan Crete).

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Tombs
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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