New 6th century BC finds by excavation works on Despotiko island in Greece

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
New 6th century BC finds by excavation works on Despotiko island in GreeceFive ancient big buildings that were connected with the operation of the port were unearthed. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades

New finds that complete the picture on the buildings' architecture around the Apollo temple on the uninhabited island of Despotiko, west of Antiparos island revealed excavations and restoration works that were held recently on the island, according to ANA.

The excavation focused on areas surrounding the temple as well as on buildings outside of it while very important were the finds of the short research on the islet Tsimintiri.

The surprise of this year's excavation was discovered on Tsimintiri. The islet is located between Antiparos and Despotiko and in the ancient years it was united with Despotiko and probably with Antiparos. In 2011, four buildings were found and this year the search continued at the northeastern part of the islet. Under the dense vegetation and very close to the coast were located five big buildings.

The size, the construction and the position of the structures indicated that the buildings were probably connected with the operation of the port.

The works were carried out between 3 May and 5 July.

The site of Mandra contains an extensive sanctuary complex dedicated to Apollo that reached its apex during the Late Archaic period and the 6th century BC in particular. 

When the 2018 excavation works on the uninhabited Despotiko island in the Aegean were concluded, archaeologists spoke of priceless findings that tell more about life in Ancient Greece.

Despotiko is a small island west of Antiparos, and is a popular tourist destination. Excavations on Despotiko commenced 20 years ago and continue as real archaeological treasures are unearthed.

Last year’s works ran from May 28 to July 6, under the direction of archaeologist Yiannos Kouragios, of the Cyclades Ephorate of Antiquities that belongs to the Ministry of Culture. Archaeologists and students from Greek and foreign universities took part in the excavations.

"This year's excavation focused on the areas surrounding the main temple and Buildings Z and R," the Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Monday, according to ANA. "The results of the season were particularly illuminating in terms of topography and how the ancient temple was laid out," it added.

Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades 

 

The principal findings so far are the Apollo sanctuary and surrounding buildings, along with many antiquities, all dating from the archaic period.

Last year’s excavation concentrated on areas around the sanctuary and Buildings Z and P.

Its results were especially enlightening for the topography and organization of the archaic sanctuary. Research continued in the area south of the archaic temple, where the auxiliary facilities of the sanctuary are being developed, the so-called Eastern Complex.

4.	ΑΝΑΣΚΑΦΗ ΣΤΟ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΟ ΣΥΓΚΡΟΤΗΜΑ (copyright ΕΦΟΡΕΙΑ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΤΗΤΩΝ ΚΥΚΛΑΔΩΝ)

Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades 


By 2017, 12 spaces of a total area of 180 square meters had come to light. This year, another large space of visible dimensions of 12 x 3 meters was partially unveiled, having a floor made of large-scale splitting boards. It is probably a courtyard, archaeologists believe.

The excavations unearthed numerous ceramic artifacts of the archaic and classical periods — objects such as vases, basins, bottles, lamps, pots and amphorae. Metallic objects were also found, all estimated to date to the 6th century BC.

Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades 


The results from the investigation of the different construction phases of the complex were important. Underneath the westernmost rooms, an earlier two-story building of rectangular shape with visible dimensions of 8 x 3.20 meters was discovered, dating back to the 6th century BC.

) ΕΥΡΗΜΑΤΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗ ΦΕΤΙΝΗ ΑΝΑΣΚΑΦΗ (copyright ΕΦΟΡΕΙΑ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΤΗΤΩΝ ΚΥΚΛΑΔΩΝ)

Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades 


Inside the room researchers located — in their original position — a quadrilateral grid and a cooking pot. In addition, earlier floors were revealed in many areas and the thresholds of the original entrances that had been sealed were detected.

Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades 


It became evident that there were buildings on the site before the erection of the archaic temple in the middle of the 6th century BC. Also, north of Building E, a new building was found. It was labelled Building T (dimensions: 7.80 x 7.45 meters) and it consists of two rooms with independent entrances and a yards in front of each room.

Research on Building P has been completed. It includes a rectangular ground plan of 14 x 5 meters and consists of four rooms. Its construction is placed in the late 6th century BC, but the main phase of its use must be placed in the 5th century BC.

Considerable attention was also given to Building G. Since it appears that it was imperative to replace and expand its enclosure, excavated sections immediately west of it revealed a new building — an earlier construction — which was named Building Y. This construction has a nave-like floor plan measuring 7.70 x 6.10 meters with an entrance on the south side. Its walls are very sturdy, about one meter thick.

Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades 


Like every year, last year’s findings were impressive. More than 15 lamps and 15 fragments of vases with engraved inscriptions (APL, APOL) were found, fragments of amphorae and red-colored craters, everyday vases such as basins, bowls, pans, bottles, and many metallic objects (a bronze lance, nails, russets, hooks, etc.).

From last year’s discoveries what stood out were the fragment of the head of an archaic kouros, a fragment from the ankle of a kouros and scraps of two piths with embossed decoration, one depicting a warrior and the other a dance show.

The restoration work lasted four weeks and the Apollo sanctuary has regained its third dimension. The visitor can see the size and its grandeur even from across the coast of Antiparos island. Along with the restoration work, masonry maintenance works were carried out in the M and N buildings.

Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades 


This year's excavations were funded by Athanasios and Marina Martinou, the Levendis, Kanellopoulos and Latsis Foundations, and the College Year in Athens/DIKEMES.

 

Tornos
  1. 29/01 14:08

    Greece records 22,362 new Covid-19 cases and 107 fatalities on Friday

  2. 29/01 11:31

    US Ambassador welcomes milestone in LNG station project for Alexandroupolis port

  3. 29/01 09:47

    Home delivery of antiviral pills for Covid-19 to commence in Greece next week

  4. 28/01 22:59

    Injured humpback whale stranded on Edem beach in Greek suburb of Alimos (video)

  5. 28/01 19:54

    Athens tram schedules to continue past 10 pm on Friday after snowstorm

  6. 28/01 18:17

    Operators interested in maritime passenger connection between Cyprus and Greece

  7. 28/01 16:52

    Greek wind energy power grows 8.2% in 2021

  8. 28/01 16:46

    Putting Cyprus among top 30 of countries with most developed tourism in world

  9. 28/01 16:11

    Civil protection warns of bad weather in Greece this weekend

  10. 28/01 15:23

    Media: French group invests in budget hotels in Athens

  11. 28/01 14:05

    MSC re-routes cruise ships outside western Greece to avoid harming sperm whales

  12. 28/01 14:04

    Minister: Israel-Cyprus-Greece electricity interconnection to boost security and prosperity

  13. 28/01 13:41

    Greece is the second preferred tourist destination for Hungarian travelers

  14. 28/01 11:32

    AP report: The Hellenic Initiative shares update on its efforts in Greece

  15. 28/01 11:00

    Rakuten: Greek Viber users made 1 billion calls during 2021

  16. 27/01 14:27

    Eurostat: Greece close to EU average of RES-based electricity consumed during 2020

  17. 27/01 14:20

    Report: Greek capital of Athens emerging as a top international shipping centre

  18. 27/01 13:59

    Greek Golden Visas program has increased in last 12 months

  19. 27/01 13:54

    Crews of Attica municipalities fighting to clear streets of snow for fourth day

  20. 27/01 13:40

    Greek government considers extending validity of vaccination certificates by a few days

  21. 27/01 13:37

    City of Athens to compensate owners of vehicles damaged during snowstorm Elpis

  22. 27/01 12:24

    17,960 new Covid-19 cases and 115 fatalities recorded in Greece during last 24 hours

  23. 27/01 11:18

    Attica and Crete island shutdowns and remote working in Greece on Thursday

  24. 27/01 10:29

    Attiki Odos reopens at 08:00 on Thursday without tolls until Sunday midnight

  25. 26/01 22:04

    Minister: Greek courts to remain closed in Attica and Crete through Friday

  26. 26/01 19:13

    Greece to be Guest of Honour at 53rd Cairo International Book Fair in Egypt

  27. 26/01 19:10

    UNWTO welcomes newest member of Antigua and Barbuda

  28. 26/01 17:47

    Greece's public sector gradually returning to work remotely on Thursday

  29. 26/01 17:35

    Sea ice appears in Greece as polar temperatures sweep through country (videos)

  30. 26/01 16:06

    Vaccination appointments to mostly resume as normal in Greece on Thursday

  31. 26/01 14:23

    AP: WHO announces record weekly COVID cases last week but deaths remain stable

  32. 26/01 14:18

    Online lessons where schools will stay closed in Greece on Thursday and Friday

  33. 26/01 13:29

    Greek Prime Minister apologises for hardship suffered by people in the snow

  34. 26/01 10:00

    IATA: Strong December performance contributes to stellar year for air cargo in 2021

  35. 25/01 22:20

    CEO of Attiki Odos management company resigns after snowstorm fiasco

  36. 25/01 21:14

    The footpaths of Andros island inspire article in hiking magazine 'Wandern & Reisen'

  37. 25/01 20:16

    HEDNO: Power returns to 80% of customers after snow damage is repaired

  38. 25/01 18:52

    Athens-Thessaloniki train routes will resume as soon as the weather permits

  39. 25/01 18:42

    17,409 new Covid-19 cases and 98 fatalities recorded in last 24 hours in Greece

  40. 25/01 18:04

    Athens metro and tram still in partial operation on Tuesday following snowstorm

  41. 25/01 16:59

    Greek PM: €2,000 compensation for snowbound motorists on Attiki Odos (videos)

  42. 25/01 15:21

    International Air Transport Association: Accelerate easing of travel restrictions (video)

  43. 25/01 14:10

    “Blanket travel restrictions don't work": UNWTO adds its voice to sister WHO statement

  44. 25/01 13:30

    Minister: Obligatory holiday in Greece's snowbound areas till Wednesday

  45. 23/01 13:28

    Libya, Morocco, Armenia and Indonesia ambassadors present credentials in Athens

  46. 23/01 13:23

    New ledges for the disabled installed at 74 public transport stops in city of Athens

  47. 22/01 21:08

    Deadly Covid Delta variant keeps grip on Greece and health restrictions are extended

  48. 22/01 21:04

    Greek Development Minister forecasts at least 5% GDP growth during 2022

  49. 22/01 20:49

    American Hellenic and Jewish groups briefing with U.S. Ambassadors to Greece, Cyprus, Israel

  50. 21/01 22:57

    Premier: Six of Greece's most unspoilt mountains included in new protection initiative

  51. 21/01 18:17

    20,507 new Covid-19 cases and 108 fatalities recorded in Greece during Friday

  52. 21/01 17:30

    Greek Foreign Minister meets with Kosovo counterpart in Athens

  53. 21/01 16:26

    Freedom Pass scheme against Covid-19 costs €86 million to date in Greece

  54. 21/01 15:40

    Lonsdale Street Greek Festival 2022 postponed to 22 and 23 October 2022

  55. 21/01 15:36

    Los Angeles Greek Film Festival International Project Discovery Forum in May

  56. 21/01 15:01

    Greek government approves licences for seaplane infrastructure on Corfu and Paxi islands

  57. 21/01 14:53

    EOT: Plan for the promotion of military tourism in Greece

  58. 21/01 13:44

    FRONTEX executive director Leggeri awarded by Greek Migration Minister

  59. 21/01 13:16

    Greek and Israeli Defence Ministers re-affirm close ties in meeting in Tel Aviv

  60. 21/01 10:51

    Greek FM: Athens stands in solidarity with the people and the government of Ghana

  61. 20/01 21:46

    Medical expert: 93% of people who died of Covid-19 in Greece were unvaccinated

  62. 20/01 18:34

    Minister: E-mobility a key pillar of transport development in Greece

  63. 20/01 18:21

    Greek PM holds broad e-meeting with heads of diplomatic authorities abroad

  64. 20/01 18:11

    Shipping Minister: Greek Coast Guard saves lives in the Aegean with bravery

  65. 20/01 17:14

    Athens Panepistimio metro station opens after rally on Thursday afternoon

  66. 20/01 16:35

    Dominican Republic the focus of first UNWTO tourism investment guidelines

  67. 20/01 15:40

    Appointment platform for 4th vaccine opens for immunosuppressed individuals in Greece

  68. 20/01 15:23

    Bad weather front 'Elpis' to bring extreme cold and snow in Greece as of Saturday

  69. 20/01 15:07

    UNWTO affiliate members board elects chair and vice chairs for 2022-2025

  70. 20/01 13:36

    Covid-19 measures in Greece extended for one week till end of January

  71. 20/01 13:31

    Catering and entertainment company fined €50,000 for corona party in Athens

  72. 20/01 10:15

    Environment Ministry: Six pristine highland areas slated for total protection in Greece

  73. 19/01 23:41

    French President thanks Greece for purchase of French Rafale jets (video)

  74. 19/01 21:21

    City of Barcelona joins UNWTO’s network of sustainable tourism observatories

  75. 19/01 21:10

    IATA issues statement on rollout of C-band 5G near airports in the United States

  76. 19/01 20:21

    TUI | Doubling of tourist arrivals in Greece in 2022 - New year better than 2019 (video)

  77. 19/01 20:19

    Redevelopment of Larnaca port and marina on track for implementation in Cyprus

  78. 19/01 20:16

    Current public measures against Covid extended in Greece by a week to January 31

  79. 19/01 19:52

    Finance Ministry: Greece raises 3.0 billion euros from 10-year bond issue

  80. 19/01 19:46

    Robert De Niro brings Nobu Hotel to Greek island of Santorini

  81. 19/01 19:43

    Greece records 20,107 new Covid-19 infections and 88 fatalities on Wednesday

  82. 19/01 18:27

    Crete island 2nd in EU and 5th globally in Tripadvisor 2022 popular destinations

  83. 19/01 16:01

    Greek unemployment rate dropped to 13.3% during November 2021

  84. 18/01 23:57

    Dominican President to announce 300 tourism education student scholarships

  85. 18/01 22:16

    Ice broke on surface of Lake Plastiras in Greece and visitors fell in the water (video)

  86. 18/01 21:45

    Free Covid-19 self-tests for schoolchildren available from pharmacies in Greece on Wednesday

  87. 18/01 20:11

    German supermodel Heidi Klum’s sexy dance in Greek island of Mykonos (video)

  88. 18/01 19:35

    Eurocontrol: Rapid recovery in air traffic in Europe as soon as the pandemic subsides

  89. 18/01 17:27

    United States airlines warn 5G technology at airports could cause chaos

  90. 18/01 15:35

    UNWTO: Tourism sector grows 4% in 2021 but remains far below pre-pandemic levels

  91. 18/01 15:31

    Greek government is waiting for the recommendations of the experts' committee

  92. 18/01 14:41

    Greek Foreign Minister meets with United States Ambassador in Athens

  93. 18/01 14:33

    Greek Tourism Minister: Upgrade of 3-star hotels introduced in development law

  94. 18/01 14:12

    Greek PM presents investments opportunities to Saudi Arabian businessman

  95. 17/01 22:27

    Greece: Two fronts of bad weather in the coming week

  96. 17/01 21:38

    Cypriot Deputy Minister of Tourism: Cyprus not just a sun and sea destination

  97. 17/01 20:23

    Fourth dose available for the immunosuppressed in Greece as of Thursday

  98. 17/01 19:05

    Greece expects another 25,000 treatments of molnupiravir for Covid-19 next month

  99. 17/01 19:05

    Greece records 18,834 new Covid-19 infections and 101 fatalities on Monday

  100. 17/01 14:58

    Athens and Harvard universities launch joint research on migration issue