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Minoan civilization, Minoan peak sanctuaries are widespread throughout the island of Crete (Greece). Most scholars agree that peak sanctuaries were used for religious rites. In all peak sanctuaries human and animal clay figurines have been found. Clay body parts, also called votive body parts, are also found in most peak sanctuaries. These open-air sanctuaries are found high in the mountains of Crete.


Eastern and east-central peak sanctuaries

Most peak sanctuaries are found in east and east-central Crete. * Petsofas is the only Minoan site with clay weasel and tortoise figurines * Traostalos * Kalamafki (also Kalamaki) * Ziros Korphi tou Mare * Xykephalo * Vigla (disambiguation), Vigla (also Viglos) * Zou Prinias * Plagia * Etiani Kephala * Minoan Modi, Modi * Thylakas * Maza, Crete, Maza * Karfi


Central Crete peak sanctuaries

* Mount Juktas, Iouktas is probably the earliest of the peak sanctuaries. * Tylissos (also Pyrgos Tylissos, ''not'' the same site as Pyrgos) * Gonies Philioremos


Western Crete peak sanctuaries

* Vrysinas * Spili Vorizi * Atsipades in the Korakias mountains was fully excavated in the 1980s. Its many hundred clay figurines and other ceramics have been analysed in detail.


Other peak sanctuaries

This section is for peak sanctuaries mentioned in passing in articles where more research is needed before categorizing them. * Ambelos * Mount Ida * Korakomouri * Mare


References

* Chryssoulaki, Stell
The Traostalos Peak Sanctuary: Aspects of Spatial Organisation
Retrieved 19 January 2006 * Jones, Donald W. 1999. ''Peak Sanctuaries and Sacred Caves in Minoan Crete''. {{ISBN, 91-7081-153-9 * Kyriakidis, Evangelos. 2005. ''Ritual in the Aegean: The Minoan Peak Sanctuaries''. London: Duckworth publishers Peak sanctuaries,