Archaeological Site of Ftelia

Ftelia is famous for a fascinating Neolithic settlement that dates back to around 5,100 BC and was inhabited until 4,500 BC making it possibly the oldest on the island. Excavations began in 1995, led by the archaeologist Sampson and two years later they were taken over by the Aegean University. They uncovered what is believed to be the tomb of Ajax of the Locrians, the Iliad war hero. After being drowned by the gods for raping Cassandra in the Temple of Athena, his body washed up on the shores of Mykonos. Ceramics, tools and well-preserved artifacts - including two clay figures - were also found, as were a variety of arrow heads suggesting the inhabitants were experienced hunters. Unfortunately, a large section of the ruins are not accessible by the public as the dig is still underway.

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