lost port

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  1. The artefact on the forefront is a tiny wooden boat carved out of pine root. It was discovered by one of the workers while clearing the debris left by the first excavators of the sanctuary of Poseidon. The Swedish team, led by Samuel Wide dug here in 1894, and their technique was to basically move away as much soil as possible in order to bring large architectural elements to the surface. So they shored up an immense amount of soil against the perivolos wall, on the outside. A very tall pine had grown upon the pervivolos wall ever since. It was recently cut down because it was getting very dangerous to passers-by. In the 1950s, the children and nephews of the owner of the site used to play underneath and on the pine, while grownups tilled the land next to the perivolos to sow wheat. The pine-tree itself supported a tree-house. Two of these children have left a (paint) graffiti on the inside of the perivolos, with their initials and a horse’s head. Maybe these were the same children that carved the boat out of the pine tree. Locals have recognised this artefact as similar to what they themselves made in their childhood.

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