Going with the tide: the sanctuary of Karystos-Plakari during the first millennium BC

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Since 2010 systematic archaeological investigations are carried out at the site of Plakari near Karystos in southern Euboia. The project is a collaboration of VU University Amsterdam and the 11th Ephorate for Euboia. The Plakari hill top housed a cult place that was founded in the Sub-Mycenaean or Early Protogeometric period. Cult activity intensified during the Middle Geometric II and Late Geometric phases. A second important stage in the life of the cult place dates to the Classical period –especially the fourth century BC– when a small building for sacrificial feasting (hestiatorion) was constructed one of its terraces.
In this contribution we will present an overview of the results of the work done thus far at Plakari, and attempt to set them in a wider geographical and historical framework. We will focus on what the findings can tell us about Plakari’s functioning at different scales (local, regional and supra-regional) and how its position changed through time. During the Early Iron Age Plakari was well connected to central Euboia, the Attic mainland and the insular world, including the west coast of Asia Minor. Historical sources suggest that during the fifth century Karystia suffered much from its proximity to its powerful neighbour Athens. When in the fourth century a period of recuperation set in, the cult place on Plakari hill top was reconstructed, but various aspects of its design suggest that the Karystians using the place were more interested in the past than in the world around them.
Period12 Jun 2013
Event titleInternational conference “An Island Between Two Worlds: The Archaeology of Euboea from Prehistoric to Byzantine Times”
Event typeConference