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Archaeological Site Of Malia

Archaeological Site Of Malia Crete

Archaeological Site Of Malia Crete

Heraklion Prefecture – Malia


Details / Information  Overview:

Human presence in Malia during the Neolithic period (6000-3000 B.C.) is attested only by potsherds, but habitation was continuous from the middle of the 3rd millennium B.C. until the end of Prehistory. Houses of a Pre-palatial settlement (2500-2000 B.C.) have been found under the palace, while graves of the same period are located near the sea. The first palace was built around 2000-1900 B.C. The already existing significant settlement, of which are preserved parts around the palace, was then converted into a palatial center-city.  The palace was destroyed around 1700 B.C. and rebuilt in 1650 B.C. at the same site, following the plan of the older palace, while a few changes took place 50 years later. The destruction of the new palace came in c. 1450 B.C., along with the destruction of the other Minoan palatial centers. The site was reoccupied for a short period in the 14th-13th century B.C. Remains of a Roman settlement cover an extensive area at the site called “Marmara”, where a basilica of the 6th century is also preserved.

The English admiral Th. Spratt, who traveled in Crete in the middle of the 19th century, reports the finding of gold sheets at the site “Helleniko Livadi”.

In 1915, Iosif Chatzidakis started a trial excavation on the hill called “Azymo”, and brought to light the southern half of the west wing of the palace, as well as the tombs by the sea, but he stopped the investigation. Finally, the French School of Archaeology at Athens resumed the excavations, which are continued until today with intervals, at the palace, the sectors of the town, and the cemeteries on the coast. The results have been published in the series of “Etudes Cretoises” since 1928, and in the works of H. Van Effenterre and O. Pelon. The finds are exhibited in the Museum of Heraklion, and some in the Museum of Agios Nikolaos.

Address  Address:

Malia, GR-70007

Location (City, Village, Area)  Location:

Malia, Heraklion

Telephone number  Telephone:

(+30) 2897031597

Fax number  Fax:

(+30) 2897031597

E-mail address  E-mail:

[email protected]

Website Url Url:

Operating Period  Operating Period:


Operating Days & Hours  Operating Days & Hours:

08:00 – 15:00  (Last admission 14:45)

Admission Fee  Admission Fee:

• General admission: Full: €6, Reduced: €3

Notes  Notes:

• Little difficult for wheelchairs
• Parking area
• Cafeteria



* The above information, are subject to change without prior notification from the institution. In any case, has no responsibilities for any occurred changes.

 Last update 24/04/2018

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