Aerial view of Maa, seen from the west. The 13th century B.C. settlers of Maa, like those of Pyla, obviously chose this site for its strategic location. Jutting south into the Mediterranean, the promontory rises 50 feet above sea level, with steep cliffs on the east and west providing natural defense. At the northern and southern ends of the promontory, the settlers built thick defense walls of huge boulders, seen as solid black lines in the plan of Maa.