An elderly woman clearing the mastic drops
An elderly woman clearing the mastic drops in the medieval village of Pyrgi, Chios, Greece. The resin of the tree fells on a layer of sand. Once the sand is cleared the solidified mastic drop has to be cleared manually from foreign bodies, chunks of the trunk and small pebbles.
Pyrgi in Chios is known as the "painted village" on account of the decoration of the houses. The village still keeps its medieval style and together with the other Mastichochoria (Mastic Villages) are in the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO