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Ancient towers

Siphnos's Ancient Towers

  Fifty-five ancient towers are located in various sites around the island. The most ancient ones were built during the 6th century and the most recent during the 3rd century b.C.
  Most of the towers are now difficult to discern. Aspros Pirgos, alongside of the road to Plati Yialos is preserved in a good state.The towers were built after the evasion of the Samians and served the purpose of sending signals to the ancient acropolises.
  Later, the network developed and the signal exchange systems expanded to the entire island. The method of communication, as referred to in Thoukidides, must have been smoke and fire.
  At a later stage, the towers served also as protective buildings for women and children, with full agricultural equipment, cisterns and warehouses, while the strongest ones were trying to hold back the pirates.

This text is cited September 2004 from the Municipality of Sifnos URL below, which contains images

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