Skandeia (Kythera) 5 Palaiopoli - Σκάνδεια

Σκάνδεια - Skandeia, Classical to Roman coastal settlement near Palaiopoli on Kythera
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Latitude: 36.221800
Longitude: 23.057900
Confidence: Low

Greek name: Σκάνδεια
Place ID: 362231USka
Time period: CHR
Region: Attica
Country: Greece
Department: Islands/Kythera
Mod: Palaiopoli

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Modern Description: The coast-road leads back, west from Avlémonas, to Palaiopolis. This name refers to an extensive coastal area which includes, amongst other things, the site of the ancient city of Skandeia, whose exact location has not been determined. The long, wide sweep of its bay is interrupted to the southwest by a headland called ‘Kastrí', where numerous excavations have taken place. The extreme southwest corner of this headland has small caves which show signs of adaptation for the purpose of cult and of burial in ancient times. But it is in the area to the south of this point, and as far as the next promontory of ‘Kastraki', that the presence of Skandeia is most evident. Beyond the river-bed that flows into the beach, the density of potsherds in the back wall of the bay is evidence of substantial settlement here in Antiquity: pieces of vase, tiles, and murex shells can still be found on a cursory inspection. Ancient amphorae and pithoi were once so plentiful here, that many of the traditional baking ovens of the houses in this area were lined with them. In the rocks at the south end of the bay, below the headland of Kastraki, are a number of man-made, deep holes, used for lodging and fixing wooden capstans to which boats could be tied: there are several more on the top of the promontory. The material evidence points to this area having been continually inhabited from the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC right through to Byzantine times.
Wikidata ID: Q3475000

Info: McGilchrist's Greek Islands

(From McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, © Nigel McGilchrist 2010, excerpted with his gracious permission. Click for the books)


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