Daskalio or Dhaskalio
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Daskalio or Dhaskalio is located in Greece
Daskalio or Dhaskalio
Daskalio or Dhaskalio
Coordinates36°53′13″N 25°36′14″E / 36.887°N 25.604°E / 36.887; 25.604
RegionSouth Aegean
Regional unitNaxos

Daskalio or Dhaskalio (Greek: Δασκαλιό) is a tiny, uninhabited Greek islet in the Cyclades just off the west coast of the larger island Keros, approximately 150 metres in diameter. Formerly, it was a promontory of Keros, but is now a tiny islet because of sea level rise.[1]


The islet is believed to have been a religious center with numerous shrines and votive offerings, including intentionally broken statues, 1,500 imported stone disks, and 700 imported white pebbles.[2]

Excavation by the Cambridge Keros Project, a joint endeavour of the University of Cambridge, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, and the Cyprus Institute,[1] in 2008 revealed a large Bronze Age settlement and ten years later researches from the university found evidence of advanced metalworking workshops there, dating from 2500 BCE.[1]

The island was extensively terraced with over 10,000 tons of marble quarried on the island Naxos, six miles distant, enhancing its pyramidal shape.[3] The lower levels featured a complex plumbing system of water conduits, among the oldest in Europe. Plant remains in soil samples included grapes, olives, figs, almonds, emmer wheat and barley, likely imported from more arable locations.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Kennedy, Maev (18 January 2018). "Complex engineering and metal-work discovered beneath ancient Greek 'pyramid'". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Archaeology Roundup". the HipCrime Vocab. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  3. ^ Zachos, Elaina (18 January 2018). "Advanced plumbing and metalwork found on ancient Greek island". National Geographic. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  4. ^ Daley, Jason (22 January 2018). "Researchers uncover ancient island's complex plumbing system". Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  5. ^ "New excavations on the remote island of Keros reveal monumental architecture and technological sophistication at the dawn of the Cycladic Bronze Age". University of Cambridge. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2021.