Seventh-Century BC Artifacts Found in Lesvos Archaeological Dig

Three buildings that are of particular interest to archaeologists were brought to light recently in the ongoing excavation in the castle of Agioi Theodoroi, which has been identified as ancient Antissa, in western Lesvos Island.

The dig, headed up by the Lesvos Ephorate of Antiquities, has uncovered an arched building from the seventh century BC. A great deal of painted and grey and black pottery and two earlier rectangular buildings of the 8th and 10th centuries BC were also unearthed as part of the dig.

This excavation find is of special significance as it confirms the historical continuity from the Late Bronze Age of Greece (1600-1100 BC) to the so called Dark Ages (11th-9th century BC) which mark the movements of tribes such the Aeolians to the island of Lesvos.

The Castle of Agioi Theodoroi (also called Ovriokastro today) is situated on the peninsula of ancient Antissa, west of Molyvos and east of the coastal settlement of Gavathas. It extends across a rocky hill, in a strategically important position controlling the sea crossing between Lesvos and Asia Minor.

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