Megalithic masonry

A Minoan building technique distinguished by the use of large boulders (average max. dimension of 0,70 to 1,00 m.) on the exterior face of the walls, while smaller stones were used on their inner side. The boulders could be rectangular or irregular in shape. Sometimes, their face was dressed with a stone hammer.

The megalithic technique was usually employed for the construction of the shell of the buildings, and for retaining walls. Considering the buildings, it was most commonly used on their downward and / or most visible side. Therefore, the use of this kind of masonry aimed at strengthening the most vulnerable parts of the construction, as well as at increasing the prestige of the owners by giving a monumental appearance to the buildings.