Παρασκευή, 6 Ιουλίου 2012
Excavation II, being a tourist in your own area...
We did not really participate in the digging because we are no experts, but we learned a lot and we saw the foundation of a building come out of the soil.
It was the first time I actually saw archaiologists work in situ and I felt exhitement while the building was coming into the light.
The idea that people were living there years ago, was really new to me! Temperatures were really harsh, but they were working under the shade of a temporary shelter.
Some people hope that this excavation is in the tracks of Achilles kingdom, but in truth there are many different places in the region that fight over this. It will take a lot of time and research to see the time frame of this village yet to be excavated. Nevertheless, it was interesting to hear all views about this and have conversations over the subject.
Pure bliss... the rest of the day was spent relaxing and sleeping a lot!
The whole area is pretty underdeveloped but it's really charming. Most of the villages stand on the banks of the river. In the summer it is pretty dry. They still have flour water mills, gun powder mills and they make traditional tsipouro. The locals are proud of their villages and will always bring out their extra cold water for you to drink when its hot. They will treat you with their traditional sweets. They will stand and watch you leave, the way your grand mother would stand there with a smile on her face.
My week was really exhiting and I can't wait to do some more exploring!