About Archaeology in Alonnisos

There’s only one archaeological site on the island. It boasts remains of an ancient factory from the 4th century BC which produced amphorae (ancient Greek pots). The site is relatively a virgin one so there are stil pieces of amphorae around. Some of the handles of these broken pots feature the name Ikion, which derives from the old name of Alonissos (Ikos).

These pots were used for wine which was exported as far as the Crimean peninsula, in addition to Athens, Pella and Alexandria. Efforts are underway to preserve the factory at Tsoukala and transform it into an organized site. Please refrain from taking any pottery pieces with you but do visit the site to get an idea of the island’s important history in winemaking.

Photo: alonnisos.net

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