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AEGEAN ISLANDS

Zagora- Strofilas

Zagora

The geometric settlement of Zagora, which was first inhabited at the end of the 10th century BC, was built on a steep plateau on the Zagora peninsula. It is considered to have been founded in the 10th century BC and prospered until the end of the 8th century BC. The settlement had a shrine, a temple, houses and significant fortifications.

 

Strofilas

The residents of the island lived in organized communities since the late Neolithic period (4500-3300BC) at the site of Strofilas, where the biggest Neolithic settlement of the Aegean is located, and at the sites of Mikrogiali and Vriokastro in the north of the island. The earliest fortification and the oldest temple of the Aegean, as well as rock paintings of boats that are nearly 4000-4500 years old and depictions of fish and deer have been discovered at Strofilas. All of these findings are considered unique (an excavation is being conducted by the 21st Ephorate of Prehistoric Antiquities).

This site was abandoned at the end of the Neolithic period and its inhabitants moved to the area of Plaka. The settlement there flourished during the middle Bronze Age.   

 

Info

You can visit Zagora (it’s a 20-minute walk through a trail – there are signs on the road connecting Stavropeda to Korthi). You will have to ask for directions in order to reach the excavation site in Palaiopoli (there is no road leading there, thus you will need to pass through the fields).

The archaeological site of Ypsili is closed.

For further information please visit the following website:

http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/gh351.jsp?obj_id=2357

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