The Archaeological Site of Ypsili in Andros was discovered in the early 1980s. The first excavations brought to light important ancient relics, such as the temple in the center of the citadel, buildings, and part of the wall, as well as many movable finds. The excavation yielded very important findings, valuable for the Geometric and Archaic era in the Cyclades and wider in the Aegean.
The sanctuary, in the center of the citadel, was probably dedicated to the goddess Demeter. It was founded in the 8th century BC. and continued its operation at least until the second quarter of the 5th century BC.
Archaeological Site of Ypsili | A large city of Ancient Andros
The Archaeological Site of Ypsili is one of the most important fortified settlements of the early Iron Age. On Andros island in the South Aegean, it played a huge part in the urban fabric of the archaic phase of the citadel. Large farmhouses of historical times came to light in the wider area of Ypsili.
The configuration and promotion of the entire archaeological site were included in the Regional Operational Program of the South Aegean. In our days it has become the first organized visitable archaeological site in Andros.