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Petsophas peak sanctuary

Petsofas is the archaeological site of a Minoan peak sanctuary in eastern Crete.[1] It overlooks the Minoan town of Palaeokastro and was excavated by John Myres in 1903. He discovered a large number of clay figurines, including animal and human figures dating to 1900 to 1450. [2]


Among the ubiquitous human and animal figurines found in peak sanctuaries, Petsofas uniquely has clay figurines of weasels and tortoises. Some Petsophas cylinder seals bear a male figure resembling specimens recovered at the Minoan site of Knossos.[3] Stone lamps, ceramic altars and ceramic building models have also been found at Petsofas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Donald W. Jones (1999) Peak Sanctuaries and Sacred Caves in Minoan Crete ISBN 91-7081-153-9
  2. ^ The Aegean World, ed Yannis Galanakis, Ashmolean
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan, Knossos fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian (2007)

Coordinates: 35°11′13″N 26°16′44″E / 35.1869°N 26.2789°E / 35.1869; 26.2789