Groundbreaking Bronze Age Archaeological Discoveries on Island of Keros, Greece



The tiny islet of Dascalio, next to Keros. Keros is a small uninhabited island close to Naxos, in Greece’s Cyclades island archipelago. Photo by Greece-Is website

The Greek Ministry of Culture issued a statement on Holy Thursday announcing the recent conclusion of a four-year archaeological excavation which took place on the Greek islands of Keros and Dascalio in the Cyclades.

Excavations took place in the area called Kavos on Keros, and on the islet of Dascalio, which was physically connected to Keros in antiquity.

The major findings unveiled a complex system of tubes used to keep sea water out of the settlement, as well as many buildings and other structures which date back to the early Bronze Age, between 2750 and 2550 BC.

The archaeologists were astonished with the findings, as they prove the existence of a highly-developed civilization in the area, which was completely unknown to the scientific community before the excavation.

The finds also proved that the settlement had a very complex multi-level organization, which allowed it to survive and withstand the harsh environment, as it was built right along the seaside.

According to a statement issued in 2018 by The University of Cambridge, the area was home to ”unusually sophisticated prehistoric monuments.”

The archaeologists discovered that Dascalio’s buildings were made of marble from Naxos. This proves the existence of a well-trained architect and a centrally-planned mission to establish such a town, which can only be compared to those found in Knossos, on Crete.

The discoveries on Dascalio show that some of the buildings there were of ”monumental” size, which the scientific community had been completely unaware of until recently.

Artifacts from various periods of Cycladic civilization, with a time span stretching from 3200 BC to 1050 BC, can be found throughout Greece’s Cyclades island chain in the Aegean Sea.

The research team on Keros was led by archaeologists from the University of Cambridge in the UK, the Ephorate of the Cyclades and the Cyprus Institute.