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
- Kalamafki (also Kalamaki)
- Ziros Korphi tou Mare
- Vigla (also Viglos)
- Zou Prinias
- Etiani Kephala
Central Crete peak sanctuaries
- 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
- 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.
- Chryssoulaki, Stella 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