Today, the whole lot of us got to visit the Sanctuary of Despotiko, the archaeological site that I am currently working on recreating in 3D.
I touched briefly on the island of Despotiko in my last blog, but did not describe it. The island is almost entirely uninhabited, apart from a goatherd, and the landscape is nothing but a scrub-covered rock sticking out of the sea, with it’s main point of interest being the archaeological site of an ancient Greek temple.
Despotiko was once connected to Antiparos in times of antiquity, and during this time, a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo was built upon it. During our visit, the site was a lively place, filled with the local workers reconstructing the facade of the main building, as well as a small host of international archaeological students helping with the dig for the season.
After a few hours on the island, we were treated with a chance to explore the sea caves on the cliff wall of Antiparos facing Despotiko, an interesting geographical feature of small inlets carved into the bottom of the rock face over the past thousands of years.
Upon our return to the Villa, the effects of the day’s adventure finally caught up to me as I collapsed into a nap for the past couple hours.
– Luke Brown