Astypalea Infant cemetery

An infant necropolis was found on the hill of Katsalis and specifically at the location of Kylindra at the southern outskirts of the capital. This is the first time that such an archaeological site is discovered. The cemetery was used continuously from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period. More than 2,260 jar burials, namely burials in vessels, have been discovered. The common characteristic of the bones found is the persons’ age. All of them belong to babies or toddlers. Archaeologists and anthropologists from Greece and Europe often visit the cemetery to study these findings that shed light on epidemics and diseases of the Antiquity. The site is not yet open to the public. You can see the cemetery if you stand outside the fence.

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