The Minoan settlement of


Pirgos by Myrtos
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The unknown Minoan settlement of Pirgos is located shortly east of the coastal village of Myrtos, by Ierapetra, on a low hill overlooking the east bank of the River Krygios (Cold). It is located on a position overlooking the sea (south) and the forested mountains of Dikti (north) and was selected for settlement by the Minoans ,after leaving the nearby peak of Fournou Kefali. The settlement flourished from 2200 to 1450BC.

The site was excavated by the archaeologist G. Catogan in 1969-70 and his work was continued by the British School of Archaeology in 1981-82. Many ruins of buildings were found, with one luxurious building at the hilltop which apparently was the residence of the lord. The pottery found in the Tower was quite elegant with very sophisticated and great art.

There is a short trail that heads, through the various buildings, at the top of the hill.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient Settlement
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Walking

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