Intriguing discoveries at Vryokastro ancient sanctuary on Kythnos island
Impressive finds were unearthed from the excavations at the “Vryokastro” site in Kythnos, where the ancient city of the homonym island of the Cyclades was inhabited since the 10th century B.C. up to the 6th-7th century A.D.
The discoveries in the two buildings surveyed in recent years in the area – a beautiful location on a hill overlooking the Aegean – lead the excavators to the strong hypothesis that there were two sanctuaries of Asclepius and Aphrodite, possibly coalescing: Clay figurines of women’s and children’s figures and many marble sections, such as girls ‘heads, boys’ boots, bearded heads Asklepios, an inscribed 2nd century BC. A.D. with the tribute of a woman to the god of healing, a beautiful statuette of half-naked Aphrodite and a Hellenistic inscriptionary column dedicated to “Aphrodite Syria” ([Afroditi] Syri [a] i), are some of the findings. Combined with architectural remains, they reinforce the above mentioned conclusion.