Skeleton of worker from 550 BC found on Cycladic island of Despotiko
A human skeleton was found on the uninhabited island of Despotiko, that archaeologists believe is the remains of a worker circa 550 BC, says a Kathimerini newspaper report.
|The skeleton was sent for anthropological examination, while restoration work |
was completed on the site [Credit: Kathimerini]
“The remains likely belong to a worker, because he was buried without offerings. He seems to have died during work on the north wall in 550 BC and buried at that point,” said Yiannos Kouragios of the Cyclades Ephorate of Antiquities, who works at the site. The skeleton has been sent for anthropological examination.
The Despotiko ancient sanctuary that is under restoration is the largest in the Cyclades after the one on Delos, another uninhabited island.
Regarding the pillars that were not found, Kouragios believes that, “Most of them were taken by the Venetians to build their castle on Antiparos.” It was often that Mediterranean peoples were raiding these islands in the Middle Ages, stealing pillars and marbles, he said.
According to scientists, Paros, Antiparos and Despotiko were joined thousands of years ago.
Author: Philip Chrysopoulos | Source: Greek Reporter [November 02, 2016]