Ios #6 Archaeological site of Skarkos

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The site of Skarkos is in a privileged position; situated on a hill in the middle of the west side of Ios, it is in proximity to the island’s most extensive arable lands and to one of the safest and largest sheltered harbours in the Cyclades.

It was located and excavated during the years 1984-1997. The excavations brought to light an important Early Bronze Age settlement (mid-3rd millennium BC) in an exceptionally good state of preservation (two-storey buildings, four-metre-high walls), and an overlying late Middle/early Late Bronze Age cemetery (mid-2nd millennium BC). The moveable finds from the excavation were sent to the archaeological museum in Chora for conservation, following which a number of these objects were put on display.

The site itself became accessible to the public after extensive works of conservation during 2002 – 2007.  All construction and conservation work has been carried out exclusively in local stone and the traditional dry-stone walling characteristic of the Skarkos area. 

The project was awarded the 2008 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Top Prize for Conservation, for the ‘outstanding quality of conservation work and above all the minimal and extremely sensitive character of the interventions, having no detrimental impact on a unique landscape’.

Excerpts fromThe Best in Heritagewhere you can read more about the site, excavations and conservation.

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Skarkos can be reached by car or on foot via a stone path from Chora, the very same that used to lead farmers to their fields. For opening hours, please check with your hotel or the Municipality office (useful numbers here).

Shared image credits (Konstantinos & Lia)

Ios, 27 June 2015

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8 thoughts on “Ios #6 Archaeological site of Skarkos

    • Hey, look who’s back! How are you doing Alex? Hope Vienna treats you well! Skarkos is really beautiful and serene; the wild young things seem to prefer the beach and just as well! Also, surprisingly well preserved and presented, one of many unexpected sites on Ios. xxx

      • Hey hey! It’s really me! I know it’s hard to believe! 😛 Everything is going fine 🙂 Studies are really stressing but i have learned so much and it’s has made me re-evaluate my photos, that’s why i disappeared 😛 We learned so many editing techniques and so many parameters that you have to watch out if the photo is going to be printed that i never ever thought of! I needed a break so i can organize everything in my head again and connect it to my own photography and not just what we do there 😛 I don’t know if all of this makes any sense… But yeah! Hope you are doing well too Lia! 🙂

      • Alex! This is really great and totally makes sense 🙂 I’m sincerely glad for you, this will open up horizons that would have probably been out of reach otherwise. WordPress community will just have to be patient 🙂

        I’m good too, a few changes for me as well, but still work in progress so watch this space 😉

        Take care! xxx

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