Agia Marina

Looking at the site


Ag. Marina, looking south over the site.
Sphakia Survey

We begin with a description of the site, using real site notes from the Sphakia survey.


Ag. Marina, looking south-west over the site.
Sphakia Survey

Ag. Marina is a very large Prehistoric site with at least 15 separate concentrations of pottery, plus general scatter, on the gentle south-facing slopes from the area north of the coastal bay called Lakkos, across 2 gullies, to the plateau west of Ag. Marina.


Ag. Marina, looking south over the site.
Sphakia Survey

Height: 12-40m. Area: 350m x 900m. Easy coastal access.


Ag. Marina, scatter 8. General view looking north. Scale 1m.
Sphakia Survey

Much of the site has been recently bulldozed and ploughed for new olive trees, so the sherds are large with many fresh breaks and joins. Sherds collected: 1582.


Ag. Marina, scatter 8. Close-up, looking north-east. Scale 1m.
Sphakia Survey

The average size of a concentration is 15 x 10m; densities per square metre 15-50. Several pottery concentrations are associated with walls.


Ag. Marina, looking SSE at Minoan structure with a jog; Tracy Pilant scale.
Sphakia Survey

Structure 1, 18 x 16m, probably L-shaped, with a jog in one of the walls.

Structure 2, maximum length of wall 15m, width 80cm. Structure 3 consists of 2 walls seen in section by dirt road; max lengths 3m and 6m.

Prehistoric pottery looks homogeneously Middle Minoan-Late Minoan with tripod feet, conical cups, cooking dish rims, decorated pithos, spouted vessels, and a bull figurine. A little Graeco-Roman pottery to the northern end of the site.

It seems likely that each concentration represents a structure (or structures?) with its associated pottery.