Atsipades

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Atsipades Korakias seen from southwest.The sanctuary is on the more distant part of the outcrop. The Ayios Vasilios Plain is visible in the background.

Atsipades (Greek: Ατσιπάδες, also Atsipades Korakias which refers specifically to the peak) is a modern village and an archaeological site of a Minoan peak sanctuary in western Crete. It is part of the community Koxare within the municipal unit Foinikas. Atsipades is about 20 km south of the modern town of Rethymno. Korakias peak is a part of Mount Kouroupas, above the modern village of Atsipades.

Archaeology[edit]

Atsipades was identified as a peak sanctuary in 1986. The site was excavated in 1989 by the Atsipadhes Korakias Peak Sanctuary Project, directed by Alan Peatfield, then Curator of the British School at Athens branch at Knossos, now at University College Dublin Ireland.

Atsipades was in use from Early Minoan III to Middle Minoan II.

Finds included ceramic spindle whorls for weaving, numerous clay human and animal figurines, ceramic lamps and ceramic altars (a group of finds originally suggested to depict circumcised human phalloi has since been recognised to represent sleeved human arms).

The votive animal figurines are mostly of cattle. Settlements found by an archaeological field survey in the nearby Ayios Vasilios Valley suggest that this peak sanctuary served a rural community of farmsteads and hamlets.

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Coordinates: 35°13′26″N 24°27′11″E / 35.224°N 24.453°E / 35.224; 24.453