I improved the contrast of the original picture and added the arrows and labels. 'O.k., there's the church and what looks like the same tree in the right spot.' But I wasn't truly convinced until I found this user supplied photo on Google Earth. A vacationer had almost perfectly reproduced Sackett's photo.
The photo is pinned to 38.385969° N, 23.907693° E and here it is:
|Photo by Nikos Nikos whose photo galllery on Panoramio is here.|
(God, what is that? A Coke slushee?) Behind the miraculous floating drink is a nearly perfect recreation of the cliff, the church, the tree, and the hill. Compare it to the photo just above.
So, there you have it. We mustn't despise knowledge sources no matter how humble.
In fact, I think everyone has known where this site is except me. There's an extensive bibliography in Sackett and even Simpson gives a sketch map which, once you know the real location, makes perfect sense. But if you look at it without knowing the real location it seems to fit my original location better.
Update on January 7, 2018
There was quite a bit of interest in this post. Alex Knodell wrote in to clarify some of the terminology. The two churches on top of this bluff are called 'Palaioekklisies' or just, 'those old churches'. The one I referred to in the post is called the church of the Kimisis Theotokou (Panaghitsa). The other, older, church is the church of the Metamorphosis. If you look for them in Google Earth you'll notice a nice user-contributed photo of the older church, the Metamorphosis; the picture is labelled in Russian: Древняя Часовня or 'Ancient Church'. This photo is posted at 38.386612 N, 23.910107 E.
Alex Knodell was kind enough to send me one of his own pictures of this area. This photo was taken from behind the smaller and older church, the Metamorphosis, and facing W. The larger church on the bluff is on the left of this photo along with a piece of the giant tree on the face of the bluff which I mentioned earlier. It appears to be some kind of Eucalyptus. On a side note there are too many of these hydrocarbon-bomb Australian natives in Europe. Portugal is covered with them and they are the major culprit in the forest fires that P. experienced recently. Anyway, here is Alex' picture:
I lightened the shadows in this picture, removed some of the blue from the shadows, and punched up the color somewhat. You can see more of those Eucalypti.
There was some discussion about the nature of the drink in the user-supplied photo which I reproduced in the original post. I thought it was some sort of slushee but the consensus is that the drink is a frappe and, in the interest of ethnographic documentation, I reproduce Alex Knodell's description of how these are made:
"...,the frappe is the quintessential Greek cold coffee drink, made of nescafe, sugar, and water, whipped up with a little gizmo that looks like a milkshake machine. It will give your system a caffeine catapult into instant alertness while at the same time roiling your insides in an equally unique way."
Another correspondent,Jacquelyn, also identified this drink as a frappe.
Wikipedia is all over this; see the article: 'Frappé coffee' and especially the section entitled '
sanctuary of Artemis Amarysia. A recent account with photos is here.
You can see the excavation in Google Earth here:
Alex Knodell's latest book, Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity has now appeared. You can learn more about it here.
New database (Rev 0.048) has been delivered to the MAP. I am currently in the process of integrating geo-locational data for many places in central Greece and which was kindly supplied to me by Dr. Alex Knodell of Carleton College and Sarah Murray of the University of Toronto.
I always want to hear from people who have corrections or ideas about new sites that are not yet in the Atlas.
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