Milos archeological sites

Prehistoric settlement of Fylakopi: Fylakopi was among the first urban centers of the Early Cycladic period (2300-2000 BC) and it continued to flourish during the Post Cycladic period. The prehistoric settlement was built in Plaka peninsula at a small distance from the port of Apollonia. The biggest part of the settlement is under the sea at present. The findings from Fylakopi are on display in the archeological museums of Milos and Athens. The settlement presents 4 structuring phases. The first phase (2300-2000 BC) there are groups of small residencies that had two or more rooms and are not rectangular, roads of 1.5 meters width and an organized cemetery with chambered tombs. In the second phase (2000-1550 AD) there are stone houses built in a better way and rectangular buildings with a second floor in many cases and in the internal painted walls with representations of plants, birds and people. In the third phase (1550-1400 BC) the city was bigger, there was strong fortification with walls that were 6 meters thick and frescoes that were affected by Minoan art. The forth phase (1400-1100BC) there is Mycenaean influence; a mansion was built with a large number of rooms and corridors. There were some large sized clay figures and some vessels. The settlement was abandoned in 100 BC for unknown reasons.

Ancient settlement and Roman Theater in Klima: Shortly after the settlement of Fylakopi was abandoned a new settlement was founded around 1000 BC. The settlement was inside the bay, North West of Adamantas in the today’s settlement of Klima. Inside the fortified yard there were two citadels, and a market with remains of houses. It is assumed that in that city Dorian colonists were settled. At the spot amphorae were found as well as a Kouros (6-7th century BC), and an embossed tray. The latter two are in the National Archeological museum of Athens. Large parts of the walls of the settlement are preserved and also a well preserved ancient theater with marble seats, six scales, the floor of the stage and other individual parts of mostly roman period. Outside the walls of the city the famous Aphrodite of Milos statue was discovered.

Aphrodite of Milos: One of the most important archeological findings is placed today in Louvre Museum in Paris. In 1820 a farmer discovered the statue in the place of an ancient gymnasium. The statue was placed in a wooden box and it was ready to be shipped to Athens in a turkish ship when sailors of a French war ship attacked against the Turks and took the statue that was delivered to the king Ludwig XIII which then donated it to the Museum of Louvre. It is a marble statue that has a hight of 2.11 meters and a weight of 900 kilos. A plaster copy of the statue was created in the labs of Louvre museum and is on display today in the Archeological museum of Milos.

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