W4 Archaeology in the News Post

The small island of Desptiko, located west of Antiparos in the Cyclades, has been an archaeological site since 1997 when it was first founded that the largest known Archaic sanctuary in the Cyclades resided on this currently uninhabited island.  Recent work, beginning May 30th, has uncovered two new buildings and the completion of another building from the Geometric period.  The article describes that the layer where the base of this building was found also houses abundant skeletal remains and decorated pottery from the 6th to 8th century BC.  This discussion of association between objects found in successive layers directly relates to last week’s study on stratigraphy.  The site contains 15 known buildings which include a ritual dining hall, which point towards ritual centers and large-scale monuments of the Chiefdom classification of society.  A protective precinct built during the Archaic period while the sanctuary was in use also points toward this classification.  This recent work also uncovered additional sites, which will be later investigated for further archaeological information.  I would imagine this is somewhat common, that during an excavation on a site for a specific purpose, additional questions may arise which lead to future work.  Many rebuilding episodes are found and it is likely by this that the site attracted many people, so modifications and expansions were made as a result of the successes of the people living there.



Archaeology News Network – “Finds shed light on topography of Archaic sanctuary at Despotiko”

2 thoughts on “W4 Archaeology in the News Post

  1. it is astounding to see that even within a site that was discovered many years ago, there are still hidden things that we have not yet found. This site in question that had not been fully explored, should definitely open the worlds eyes when wanting to know if we have fully searched a site and found every potential thing that could be found within. It goes to show that even looking a little deeper or harder through many years could potentially bore fruit such as with this site. This not only expands our knowledge of a previous site but instills us with hope for further discoveries by looking more into a site which we may have initially discovered.

  2. I find it surprising and interesting that the largest Archaic site discovered thus far is located on an island that is currently uninhabited. One would assume that an area that lacks necessary resources to draw in present day habitants would have been the same in the 6th to 8th century BC. I agree with you when you said that it seems quite common that sites are discovered by accident. With the knowledge we can gain about our past ancestors and other early humans these archaeological sites are vastly important to preserve. The fact that evidence of rebuilding was discovered, point to the hypothesis that this was a long inhabited site. I now wonder whether it was a single cultural group over a long time or different groups over time?

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