|17 September 2005
Bronze age town unearthed on Cycladic island
Greek archaeologists discovered the "well-preserved" remains of a large Bronze Age town. The culture ministry said the town dates from at least 1,900 BC on the Cycladic island of Andros.
Archaeologists found at least four "well-preserved" buildings - one of them retaining its ground floor walls, and a graded road believed to lead to a square. A variety of large, mainly ceramic, decorated storage jars, pots and vessels, and stone tools, many of them intact, were discovered inside the buildings.
Researchers found a number of rock drawings on the edge of the town, which lies near the fortified site of Strofilas, a Neolithic settlement that dates from 4,000 BCE. The drawings of boats, a human head surrounded by a pair of open palmed arms, a pair of feet and a circular symbol thought to represent the sun, are compatible with the divinity the town dwellers are thought to have worshipped.
The symbols are similar to sketches found at Strofilas, suggesting that the fortified community's inhabitants moved their lodgings closer to the sea around 3,300 BCE, at the end of the Neolithic period.
The still-unnamed coastal town, is suspected to have suffered repeated damage from earthquakes. The town provides a "strong link" between the end of the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in the Cyclades.
Sources: AFP, Yahoo! News (14 September 2005)
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