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Akrotiri Archaeological Site – Photo Gallery

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Akrotiri Archaeological Site – Photo Gallery

Akrotiri was a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini (Thera). The civilisation of the Bronze Age city was affiliated to the early Cretan culture. The Akrotiri settlement was destroyed in the Theran volcano eruption sometime in the 16th century BC  which buried this site in volcanic ash. The ash preserved the remains of frescoes and many artefacts and artworks which were first excavated in 1967. This settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis.

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Telchines Road, Akrotiri, Thera in Santorini by Joy of Museums

Telchines Road is the largest section of road excavated so far at the Akrotiri Archaeological Site.

 

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Akrotiri Archaeological Site in Santorini by Joy of Museums

Pithoi Storeroom, Akrotiri, Thera in Santorini by Joy of Museums

Pithoi Storeroom

An extensive modern excavation was started in 1967 revealed the full value of this site. The site was preserved in thick, volcanic debris so that many of the buildings were preserved to a height of more than a single story, creating unique challenges for excavation. Excavated artefacts can be found Museum of Prehistoric Thera in central Santorini. Only a single gold object has been found, hidden beneath flooring, and no uninterred human skeletal remains have been found. This discovery indicates that an orderly evacuation was undertaken early before the main destructive explosion with little loss of life.

Akrotiri Archaeological Site

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“Faithful earth, unfaithful sea.
– Greek Proverb

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