Ancient Fort in “Kastraki”, Agathonisi Island, Greece

22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Dodecanese - Ministry of Culture (Study Assignment for the Project “Systematic Excavation - Kastraki, Pref. of Agathonisi island”)

Western fortification wall (source: I. Dimitriou in the framework of the Design of the 22rd EPCA of the Ministry of Culture)

General plan of the Archaeological site (Proposal)

Landscaping proposals of the Archaeological Site (Watercolours)

Source of aerial photographs: 22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Dodecanese, Ministry of Culture

2008-2010

Archaeological Site Architectural and Landscaping Survey

 

 

WORKING GROUP

Ifigenia Dimitriou (Architect Engineer), Fotini Chalvantzi (Architect Engineer), Giorgos Kourmadas (Architect Engineer), Stavroula Kontonika (Architect Engineer), Pavlos Triantafyllidis (Archaeologist)

 

Agathonisi is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese. On the northern side there is a fortress of the late 4th - early 3rd century BC which was inhabited until the mid-2nd century AD and was abandoned after a devastating earthquake. The archaeological site is called “Kastraki” [small castle] due to the rocky hill where an ancient rectangular tower and the visible strong walls surrounding the fortress are preserved.

 

Since 2006 a systematic research excavation has been carried out bringing to light an apiary, among numerous other finds. The abundant clay beehives indicate that Agathonisi had a large bee-keeping production in antiquity.

 

An Architectural survey and a Landscaping Proposal Study were carried out for the Archaeological site aimed at facilitating its access and functions, as well as its integration in a wider network of organised local archaeological sites. A proposal was made for the fencing, entry, signage and equipment of the archaeological site, the shelter covering the acropolis reservoir, rainwater management, access from the sea and the course of visitors.