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Vathypetro (Greek: Βαθύπετρο) is an archaeological site, four kilometres south of the town of Archanes on Crete (Greece). It contains some of the oldest wine presses in the world. Excavations began in 1949 by the Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos. The estate contains a manor house or villa which had a prominent role in the rural region around Archanes. The complex consists of several buildings, courtyards and workshop spaces. Next to the individual houses is the Minoan wine press (wine press), a plant for the production of olive, a Minoan kiln and ceramics, and the remains of an ancient pottery workshop.

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Architectural Features

  • tripartite shrine
  • two courtyards
  • ceramic workshop
  • three-column stoa


  • wine press
  • olive press
  • kiln
  • gold earring


Sakellarakis, J. and E. 1983 Crete Archanes

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