New Rock Drawings in Epirus

Today I was browsing for news on my native region in Greece, that is Epirus, when I found out about a new and exciting discovery! The archaeologist and archaeology professor at the University of Ioannina, Andreas Vlachopoulos, announced the existence of 5000 year old rock drawings in Vathi, Astypalaia. He mentioned that the drawings were of 70 cm length. They represent mostly boats with oars, while three of them seem to be carrying fish. According to Vlachopoulos the findings are similar to the ones that have been found in the Cycladic islands of Syros and Naxos and date from the 3rd millenium BC. The archaeologists came to the premature conclusion that the Cycladic civilisation probably extended to North Western Greece. I do hope, though, that such hypotheses will soon be revised.

Information on this article and a photo of one of the rock drawings can be found in Epirus Gate

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