Settlement of Zagora in Andros

An ancient settlement in Andros

The geometric settlement of Zagora in Andros is located on the plateau of a peculiar and quite steep peninsula, at an altitude of 160m. Already at the end of the 19th century, the Curator of Antiquities Ant. Miliarakis had pointed out the settlement, but the first excavations were made in 1960 by the Curator of Antiquities Nikolaos Zafeiropoulos. Larger excavations, which brought to light a large part of the settlement, were carried out by Professor Alexandros Kampitoglou from 1965 to 1972.

Settlement of Zagora in Andros – Discoveries

During the excavations in the settlement of Zagora, a large part of the geometric settlement (10th-8th century BC) was discovered. It is protected by a strong wall inland, 110m long. The entrance to the settlement was made through a large gate. It was rebuilt during the 6th c. e.g. when the temple on the island was built.

The sanctuary, whose foundation dates back to the 8th c. e.g., continued to operate until the 5th c. BC. Although the settlement was abandoned around 700 BC. The temple, built around 575-500 BC, is majestic with closed pronaos and a nave, which surrounded the old altar. Maybe Athena was worshiped here. The findings of the settlement are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Andros.

Small-scale fastening works have been carried out at the archaeological site, mainly on the walls of the houses.


Zaganiari, Andros


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