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Archaeological site of Prophet Elias

Valuable archaeological findings have been brought to light by archaeologists on the hill of Prophet Elias in Arkalohori.

After the first excavations at the Minoan cave of Prophet Elias one hundred years ago, which revealed the famous gold and bronze double axes and swords and most of the metallic archaeological findings of the Minoan Period, there has been an effort to highlight the archaeological site of the hill of Prophet Elias and particularly the eastern and southern side.

The attempt has shown that the hill had been inhabited from the Minoan era until the Ottoman period. The most striking of all is the background and the morphology of the excavation. There is a huge limestone rock that forms the bedrock of the hill of Prophet Elias. There are dozens of carved floors and walls on this rock and they can probably be hundreds of them after the completion of the excavation. These are placed from east to west.

There are also carved column bases on these floors, bases for placing cone-shaped jars and holes (possibly mortars) within the stone. Elsewhere, always carved in stone, you can see benches or basins or depressions of unknown significance. Among these floors, which are probably bases for houses or workshops, there are also carved in stone stairs or corridors. Moreover in some places drain pipes are skillfully integrated into the rock. After the excavation, the purpose and the function of these pipelines have been apparent this year with the first rains. The excavation revealed many important findings, such as coins from the Archaic period to modern times, pottery from all periods and various tools. All these will be probably presented by the archaeological services at an appropriate time in the future.

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