Pyrgos Heimarrou Archaeological Project, Naxos

→ Dr. Giorgos Papantoniou

Pyrgos Heimarrou, an impressive fortified circular tower of the 4th century BC in southeast Naxos, was restored and excavated by the former 21st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Cyclades islands, Greece. As a number of similar Hellenistic monuments are found across the Cyclades and the broader Aegean region, the Tower seems to have been part of a broader economic and trading network. The excavation revealed important industrial installations within the Tower’s courtyard, which have been interpreted as part of a substantial olive-press. Preliminary stratigraphic analysis confirm the continuous use of the site from the early Hellenistic to the Late Roman period, which was reused in later periods. The systematic study of the finds (mainly ceramic artefacts) was launched in July 2015 in the framework of a collaborative venture between the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades Islands and ArtLandS Lab of the University of Cyprus, in order to answer more specific questions regarding the chronology and the diachronic function of the site within its Naxiot and Aegean context.


Research Team:

Dr Olga Filaniotou (former director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesbos – Director and Principal Investigator)

Dr Athanasios K. Vionis (University of Cyprus – Principal Investigator)

Dr Giorgos Papantoniou (University of Bonn – External Collaborator)

Dr Anthi Kaldeli (The Department of Antiquities, Cyprus – External Collaborator)

Chrystalla Loizou (University of Cyprus – Researcher)