Chalandriani – Castri

The archaeological reserve of Halandiani of Castri in Syros island, is the most important of the island and of all the Cyclades too. It is a fortified settlement and an extended cemetery of the Early Cycladic period (3rd millennium BC) that came to light for the first time with  the excavations conducted by the famous for his work archaeologist Christos Tsountas, in the late 19th century.

Two sections actually constitute the archaeological reserve of Halandiani of Castri. The hill where the remains of the triple wall that surrounded the ancient settlement were found – the Citadel – that it is called Castri and the area next to the village of Chalandriani where an ancient cemetery with over 600 graves was discovered. The ancient citadel of Syros dates from approximately 2300-2200 BC and according to the findings, in the settlement pottery, stone carving, miniature making and metalwork had developed.

In the archaeological reserve of Halandiani was found the ancient cemetery on the Citadel of Castri. The excavations of the tombs showed rich grave goods (jewelry, pottery, stone grinders, utensils, compasses, weapons) findings that testify the flourishing of the settlement that period. Distinguished are the potteries that have similar to a frying pan shape with fancy decorations, most of which depict rowing boats and famous Cycladic marble figurines.

The two areas that compose the archaeological reserve of Halandiani of Castri are connected by a path of about 45 minute length. Visiting this reserve offers you, except observing the ancient discoveries of inestimable value, also endless views of the Aegean Sea and the coast of Syros.

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