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News of a 4,600-year-old "pyramid" or "pyramid island," supposedly discovered on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, has been making the rounds online.
Turns out, what these news reports referred to as a pyramid was not like another Great Pyramid of Giza but rather a tiny island, scholars who are excavating the site told Live Science.
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Called Dhaskalio, this little island is located about 90 meters (295 feet) west of the island of Keros. When Dhaskalio was taking shape 4,600 years ago, sea levels were lower, and the island was part of Keros, the researchers said.
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Dhaskalio is naturally shaped like a pyramid; in addition, ancient people had built a series of walls on the island, making it look a bit like a step pyramid.
"The island is naturally pyramid-shaped, but one should not refer to the island as a pyramid — a pyramid is a completely artificial construction," said Michael Boyd, a senior research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge and co-director of excavations at the site.
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On Dhaskalio, Boyd and his colleagues found a series of buildings, stairways, walls and a drainage system — evidence of sophisticated urban settlement, they said. Many of the structures were made of marble that had been imported from an island called Naxos, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Dhaskalio.
The archaeologists also found casts that were used to create a variety of metal tools,...
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