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Sissi (Boufos) Minoan settlement

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The archaeological site at the hill of Kefali Agiou Antoniou or Kremasma is located by the sea, between the beaches of Avlaki and Boufos, in the area of the village Sissi. This spot offers an excellent view of the Selinari canyon, which served as a passage to East Crete. The settlement was developed in the form of a palace complex, covering around 0.1 hectares, and was likely dependent on the nearby palace of Malia.

Excavations at the site began in 1960, led by the archaeologist Kostas Davaras, and were later continued by the School of Archaeology of Belgium. Today, remnants of the city walls, which thrived between 1350-1250 BC, can still be seen, along with numerous potsherds. Close to the sea, a necropolis (cemetery) was in use during 2100-1800 BC, where many pottery objects and human bones have been discovered.

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