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”