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Traostalos peak sanctuary
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Traostalos peak (or Tragostalos) was first excavated in 1963-1964 and in 1978 by the archaeologist group of Kostis Davaras. The excavations revealed one of the many peak sanctuaries in East Crete. Along with the usual clay human and animal figurines common to peak sanctuaries, Traostalos has, notably, a female figure with a swollen leg. Other finds at Traostalos include ceramic boats and stone altars. A rescue excavation from April to October 1995 was led by Stella Chryssoulaki.

The summit is located at an altitude of 515m. It can be accessed via a dirt road starting from the village Azokeramos, Sitia province. The peak sanctuary seems to have a religious connection with the Pelekite Cave, located on the western slopes of the hill, above the sea.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Peak Sanctuary
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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