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Archaeological sites

The entire hinterland of Heraklion's municipality from East to West and from North to South is full of archaeological sites that testify to the economic and cultural wealth, but also the continuation of life itself over time.

Unfortunately, from the Minoan period and late Antiquity with the exception of the archaeological site of Knossos and several Byzantine Monuments, all other positions are not open to visitors. In many of these countries there is even the possibility of access and many of them no longer exist. For many other positions the information is minimal after concern rescue and emergency excavations. Most of these involve graves. The oldest has been found in Gorgolaini, whence the existence of circular building, apparently vaulted tomb with hundreds of bones and many broken vessels of Early Minoan years. From the village of Pirgou and putting Kazola delivered parts MM I cups, a clay head figurine and two Neolithic axes. Here there are also visible remains of walls, while in the area of Agios Georgios restore the surface building material that came from the destruction of LM IA year farmhouse. From Petrokefalo refers to find a PM III pithoy and burial by the Crucified one, some Larnaca burials in jars PM III slots and Roman shells from the room of the homonym church. Tombs of AM III years have found in Stavrakia, in Giofyrakia, in Pentamodi and in Siva. They are tombs of known type of Postpalatial years, as those who found in Gazi and Kabrochwri, namely the vaulted into the rock with a short road which is usually locked up with barrier. The tombs and sarcophagi contained here clay decorated with geometrical, symbolically and with themes taken from the world of plants and animals

From a modest have derived Voutes clay grate and section thymiatirioy as well as many fragments of earthen sarcophagi AM III period, many of which save decoration with stylized octopuses, papyroeidi and wavy lines.

There are places-cities which are only known from ancient sources, which of course has never been a systematic investigation. Such are the cases of ancient Lykastoy probably between the Prophet Elijah and the sacred mountain, the ancient Pannonas which I placed in the vicinity of this ancient Asites and Rafkou which is identical with the settlement of Agios Miron to but beyond there sources and archaeological evidence.

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In the courtyard of the Church of metamorphosis Sotiros and Agios Charalambos survives the particularly impressive old cemetery gate.

In the area of Kato Asites there are the Roman baths found in the area of "Sinaϊtas", 300 ad near the settlement which was located the ancient city of Rizinia

The cemetery of ancient Rizinia is located two kilometers after the Ano Asites.

In Stergiano Pediadas, located close to the Vasilies, there was a large Tower. The tower is first mentioned in a document of 1226 and standing still in bad condition. Could accommodate 150 people and had Fort precincts.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Of GREECE 2007-2013
«ALEXANDER BALTATZIS»

HELLENIC REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF RURAL
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