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PlatiArticles: Plati of Lasithi

The settlement of Plati is one of the most historic villages in the Plateau, and has great archaeological interest. In 1913, after being recommended by Joseph Hatzidakis excavations took place near the village by R. M. Dawkins of the British Archaeological School. The excavations revealed three Minoan buildings of the Late Minoan I period and later ones of the Greek period.

Unfortunately, the destruction of the buildings was such that their blueprint could not be completely developed. But the fact is that the area was inhabited from the Late Minoan I period to the Late Minoan III period and after centuries of abandonment it was inhabited again in the Greek period. Buildings of various ages succeed one another on the same site.

The most interesting period is the Late Minoan III one. During this period there was a Π-shaped square which was quite spacious. Around it there were three complexes of buildings arranged symmetrically to the north, south and east. In the center of the square there was a fireplace of the same era. During the Greek period the square was covered with new poorly done buildings.

The town planning was wonderful. If these three complexes were homes belonging to different owners, we can see a completely original settlement, different in design than those excavated so far. If, however, they were part of the same building with the central courtyard in the center, then we are talking about a palace similar to the famous Palace of Knossos.

Due to its geographic location, Plati has played an important role in the modern history of the Plateau. In 1867, when Omer Pasha invaded Lassithi descending from Plathiani Lagada, the first battle with the revolutionaries took place in the village, where along with 50 other fighters, D. Petropoulakis was killed, as well.

It is mentioned by Historic Kastrofylakas (K104) as Mettocchio Plati de Sachielari in 1583, by Historic Basilicata as Plati Metochio in 1630 (Monuments Crete. Hist. V, p. 29), by the Turkish census of 1671 as Plati with 15 families (N . Stavrinides, Translations, II, p.136), and by the Egyptian census of 1834 as Plati with 25 Christian families (Pashley, Travels in Crete, II, 321). In the census of 1881 it is indicated the village Plati belongs to the municipality of Psychro with 279 inhabitants, in 1900 it is in the same municipality with 333 inhabitants, in 1920 it is the seat of a rural municipality having the same name with 274 inhabitants, in 1928 it is in the municipality of Psychro with 361, in 1940 it is the seat of a municipality having the same name with 396 residents, in 1951 with 382, in 1961 with 334, in 1971 with 288, in 1981 with, 222, in 1991 with 288 and in 2001 it has 167 residents.


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