Archaeologists discover ‘countless’ ancient pottery offerings on Kythnos island

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Archaeologists have discovered ‘countless’ pottery offerings from over the centuries while excavating a hilltop sanctuary on the Aegean Sea island of Kythnos.

The excavation, which was conducted by Greece’s University of Thessaly and the Greek Ministry of Culture, unearthed pottery ‘offerings’ of more than 2,000 intact or almost complete clay figurines.

Greece’s Culture Ministry said the pottery ‘offerings’ are mostly of women and children with a few male actors, tortoises, lions, pigs and birds. The archaeologists also found luxury pottery which had been imported from other parts of Greece.

Archaeologists excavate a hilltop sanctuary on the Aegean Sea island of Kythnos and discover pottery offerings left by ancient worshippers over the centuries, according to Greece’s Culture Ministry.

According to The Washington Post, experts said the pottery offerings were used by ancient worshippers on the island.

The seaside site of Vryokastro on Kythnos, where the pottery was discovered, was the ancient capital of the island, inhabited from the 12th century BC to the 7th AD.

The excavations are set to continue through 2025.

Source: AP News

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