Australian archaeologists seek to solve mystery of the lost city of Zagora
The Australian, 19-09-2013
Before the first ancient Olympics, as Homer was writing his Iliad, there was a bustling early Iron Age city in Greece. And then it all but disappeared. Australian archaeologists will try to solve the ancient mystery of why the city was abandoned and whether a lack of fresh water was the cause. They’re off to Zagora, a city that was thriving with farming and industry on the island of Andros in the 9th century BC before it was inexplicably abandoned. That was about the time of Homer and before Sparta and the Athenian democracy.
Australia’s first archaeological dig in Greece was at Zagora in the 1960s and 1970s and they managed to excavate about 10 per cent of the 6.5 hectare site but did not solve the riddle. Now 50 Australians will begin working there again next week, hoping to finally explain why an entire population would leave a city at the heart of a major sea trading route.
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