Tribute to rock art (Strofilas and Plaka in Andros island Greece)

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diatomi
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About Cape Strofilas at Andros island it writes:

Andros island in Greece revealed the "oldest city in Europe ', in Strofilas! Dated to 4500-3300 BC And it came to light almost intact! A fortified settlement and densely least 10 major building blocks, area 25000 m2, were revealed and prominent figures in rock art, a gold bead, etc.! The Strofilas, declared an archaeological site in 1994, is a small plateau overlooking the sea, in a naturally fortified position, which has two ports! Considered the largest extant Neolithic settlement of the Aegean!

An entire fleet of the Neolithic Age was found etched into rock Strofilas! And different species. And linear shapes. It is the oldest, until now - officially - rock paintings in Greece! - Naxos dating to the Early Cycladic II period (ca. 2500 BC).

The rock paintings of Strofilas is embossed or percussed. Also was found the wall of the Neolithic settlement, etc. by  the archaeologist, Christina Televantou. So Strofilas becoming an extremely interesting archaeological site - unprecedented in size and preservation of its time!

Ships engraved in height from 0.5 to 1 m above the ground. They revealed 7 visualizations Ships: The 4 is with a procession, the rest for themselves. Most of them (length 20 million), is engraved in stone at the gate of the strong wall (maybe € 4 m - survives up to 2 meters) - the oldest to date example of defensive architecture with a gate protected by bastions.

In two other groups of rock paintings have been identified:

  • Outside the wall, a rock: 17 drawings, which depict deer, cats and a pig!
  • Within the village, on bedrock, between buildings, perhaps a square (area of 10 square meters) - a potential place of worship: Boats, a large fish and many decorative themes. Of these, a cyclic repetitive - perhaps representing the sea. And recurring patterns in jewelry.

This is the missing link between Neolithic and Cycladic Period - see Fig newspaper "To Vima", 11.10.2001.

About Cape Plaka at Andros island it writes:

Later, in Cape Plaka Andros were found, etc. rock paintings, in a district of Bronze Age. During the rescue excavation revealed a preserved part of a district with at least 4 buildings, of which one was an 8 m! And numerous articles. Ruins of a large city that flourished in the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1900 BC).The findings were revealed by KA Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Dr.. Chr. A. Televantou. The rock paintings are very similar to that which was found in Strofilas!

Perhaps the inhabitants of the large settlement of  Strofilas went to Cape Plaka, around 3300 BC.  There the town was founded on the Cycladic IIIB period. Of the buildings that came to light, was a (measuring 8 x 9 m) maintained to the level of the first floor. Another built over an older one. Found street levels (leading to a square). Large storage jars, plastic decorations, jugs, pithoids, stone tools (sanders and grinders), etc. Perhaps the city had suffered repeated disasters (earthquakes?) By the end of the Cycladic to the middle of Mesokykladikis season. H disaster last place in the early Mesokykladiki period (2000-1900 BC, roughly) and immediately prior to the end of Cycladic IIIB and early Mesokykladikis early period.

But let's stick to the rock paintings of Plaka: Entyposiakoteri all the composition, which is depicted - in full size! - The head man, surrounded by a series of symbolic issues: Pairs with open arms palms - perhaps prayer - with jewelry ring (of known type of Neolithic figurines - ring idols) hanging from the wrist and a big kampyloschimo arrow. Also, pairs of human feet, boats and a circular theme, perhaps the sun-god - see Fig newspaper Kathimerini, 15.9.2005.

You can read the whole article at the link (translate): http://www.elliniki-gnomi.eu/archives/5673