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Though Stelida (NW Naxos) is best known as a Palaeolithic site, excavations in 2019 revealed a Minoan type peak sanctuary, one of only a handful known outside of Crete. Dating to MM IIIB – LM IA, the site’s ceramic assemblage is overwhelmingly Minoan in style, while the bronzes, stone vessels, beach pebbles etc. find good parallels from Juktas and Agios Georgios (Kythera). These discoveries, in concert with material from nearby Grotta and Mikre Vigla, now allows us to argue that Naxians were active participants within those politically beneficial networks of diplomacy and exchange that connected Cretan palatial elites with overseas agents.

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