Dhaskalio, pictured here, is a small island of nature in the form of a pyramid. (Credit: By Michael Boyd)
The news of a 4,600-year-old “pyramid” or “pyramid island,” allegedly was discovered on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, has been making the rounds online.
Turns out, some of these headlines referred to it as a pyramid, it was not like the other Great pyramids of Giza are but a small island, the scientists, the excavation of the site, told Live Science.
We talked to experts and obtained a number of photographs and documents detailing the excavations, it was found that, even though the site isn’t really a pyramid, it has resulted in many interesting discoveries. [See Photos of the Pyramid on the Island and the Excavation site]
Referred to as Dhaskalio, this small island is located about 90 meters (295 feet on the west side of the island of Keros. If Dhaskalio form of 4,600 years ago, sea levels were lower and the island was a part of Ziha, the researchers said.
Dhaskalio is, of course, is in the shape of a pyramid, the ancient people had built a series of walls on the island, which makes it look a little bit like a step pyramid.
“The island is, of course, is a pyramid-shaped, but it does not refer to the island as a pyramid a pyramid is a purely artificial construction,” said Michael Boyd, a senior research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge and co-director of the excavations at the site.
On Dhaskalio, Boyd and his colleagues have found that there is a range of buildings, steps, walls, and a drainage system — evidence of a sophisticated urban settlement, ” she said. Many of the structures are made of marble imported from the island of Naxos, about 6 miles (10 km) of Dhaskalio.
The archaeologists have also found molds that were used to make a wide variety of metal tools, including axes, chisels, spearheads, and knives; also for the buyer found the slag from the melt to pieces.
The old sanctuary
The settlement at Dhaskalio, seems to be located right next to a shrine, which flourished at the same time, the archaeologists said. On the banks of Keros, which is connected with the Dhaskalio, archaeologists have found a treasure trove of broken, marble statues, bronzes, and ceramics. Some of the sculptures and the sculptures show the images of the people with crossed arms. The archaeologists believe that these items were made and deliberately broken at the other islands before they are being transported back to Keros, and is deposited in the vicinity of the sanctuary.
The researchers are trying to find out more about this piece-the break up of the ritual. “We don’t have any evidence for a god in the shrine, so it’s best to think of it, the ritual practices, focused on the supernatural, it is more spacious, as well as in the broader community,” Boyd said.
The settlement at Dhaskalio and the nearby shrine seem to have been in use for almost 400 years before being abandoned, the researchers said. But who, exactly, was living at Dhaskalio, it is still a mystery.
The site has been occupied for more than 400 years old,so who would have been alive, there must be a change in the time, and most of all, at the moment, we are focusing on those who of intense artisanal activity [manufacture of the metal tool) on their site, around 2600-2500 b) (c),” Boyd told Live Science.
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Originally published on Live Science.