The Mesara or Messara Plain (πεδιάδα της Μεσ(σ)αράς) is an illuvial plain in southern Crete, stretching about 50 km west-to-east and 7 km north-to-south, making it the largest plain in Crete.
Since 1500 BC the plain has grown up to 6 km due to a build up of illuvial sediment. Clays from the Mesara have been found to be the source of significant amounts of Cretan Minoan pottery; soil and rock types from the fringes of the Mesara, particularly the foothills of the Asterousia Mountains at the south and the foothills to the north within the Psiloritis Mountains.
See also 
- C.Michael Hogan, Phaistos Fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian (2007)
- Joseph W. Shaw, A Lm Ia Ceramic Kiln in South-Central Crete: Function and Pottery Production, 2001, ASCSA, 172 pages ISBN 0-87661-530-2
- Livingstone Vance Watrous, Plain of Phaistos: Cycles of Social Complexity in the Mesara Region of Crete, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA (2006), ISBN 1-931745-14-5.
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