Ancient Pyramid Shaped Settlement
Editorials News | Jul-29-2019
Dhaskalio, shown here, is a small island that naturally has a pyramid shape. The remains of a 4,600-year-old settlement have been discovered on the island.
Today, Dhaskalio is located about 295 feet (90 meters) west of the island of Keros; However, 4,600 years ago, when the settlement and a nearby sanctuary flourished, sea levels were lower, and the two islands were connected by land.
Buildings, walls, stairs and drainage systems were discovered in Dhaskalio. Many of them were built with marble imported from Naxos, an island located about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) away.
People who lived in Dhaskalio seem to have manufactured a lot of metal objects. Numerous molds were found, like the one seen here. The shape of this model suggests that it was used to make a metal spearhead.
The architecture of the settlement in Dhaskalio is impressive and includes stairs, like the one seen here. About 4,600 years ago, this ladder would not have led to the sea but to the land.
A sanctuary was near the settlement in Dhaskalio. A ceramic treasure, figurines and sculptures were found in or near Dhaskalio; These sculptures and figurines appear to have been intentionally broken and taken to the sanctuary. Archaeologists are still trying to understand this ritual.
Dhaskalio and the nearby sanctuary were in use for more than 400 years until they were abandoned. Urban architecture left behind is one of the most complex found in the Aegean for 4,600 years.
Scientific excavation at the site began in the 1960s when archaeologist Colin Renfrew, shown here, examined an area where looting had been reported.
The mysteries of Dhaskalio
The investigation continues to this day, while archaeologists are still dealing with the many mysteries of the site.
If global warming causes sea levels to rise further, more room may be lost. So, it is important that archaeologists learn everything.
By: Preeti Narula
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