MOCHLOS: stories about artisans & merchants hidden in excavation finds
Every monday 2017
HISTORICAL / ARCHEOLOGICAL EXCURSION IN THE ISLAND OF MOCHLOS
1 day tour (5-8 hours)
The tour in Mochlos by boat and on foot, aspires to be a visit to the archaeological sites on the mainland and on the island that have been explored in the area, delving, as the archeologists do, into the stories that are hidden in the excavation finds.
In 1908 on the island of Mochlos, a minoan settlement and a cemetery of the 3rd millennium BC came to light. The discovered artifacts began to unfold stories about the people of Mochlos: the stone vessels for the lapidaries, the gold crowns for the goldsmiths, the seals made of stones from the East for the merchants, the clay boats for the seamen.
The excavations continued throughout the 20th century until today, bringing every so often to light new findings. In 2005, a small bronze dragonfly was discovered on the floor of a room. The jewel could tell the story of the coppersmith who made it, the woman who would wore it and the worshipers of the minoan religious who had connected this insect with the goddess of fertility. At the same time, the dragonfly could symbolize the ability of the minoan traveler to cross the seas.
Experienced archeologist ● Language: English ● Short manual ● First Aid Kit ● Light meal in a local tavern, which complies with typical Cretan gastronomy, including traditional and local products ● Boat tickets (subject to weather)
The price does not include
Transport from your accommodation to the sites proposed and back to the hotel ● Other guided tours and entrance fees in organized archaeological sites ● Drinks, personal expenses and tips ● Anything that is not mentioned in the paragraph above.
The trip step by step
1. Introduction from a view point: the art of excavation inside the natural and human-made landscape.
2. Driving tour to historical sites travelling back to time: a modern country house, a traditional mill, a Venetian tower, a medieval church, a byzantine bath.
3. Walking tour to the prehistoric sites around the modern village: a quarry, a cemetery, a craftsmen district.
4. Tour on the island of Mochlos: the Minoan town and significant port of the 3rd millennium BC. (If the weather does not permit the transfer by boat, the tour will take place from a distance, on the mainland).
Meeting point: THOLOS BEACH
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