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May 20, 2023

Hundreds of Looted Antiquities Returning to Greece

A total of 351 looted antiquities dating from Neolithic to Byzantine times will return to Greece the Ministry of Culture announced on Friday. The antiquities were in possession of Robin Symes Limited, which is under liquidation. Robin Symes is a now-disgraced British antiquities dealer who was unmasked as a key player in an international criminal network that traded in looted archaeological treasures. The antiquities, which include an indeterminately large number of ceramic wares in pieces, will return to Greece following a long-term legal battle.
May 04, 2023

Copious Copper Supplies Made Cyprus a Trading Center in the Bronze Age

Cyprus was a surprisingly busy trading hub during the early period of international trade in the Mediterranean region. Its awe-inspiring status during the Late Bronze Age (1,500 to 1,150 BC) was made possible by abundant supplies of pure Cyprus copper mined near the ancient Cypriot village of Hala Sultan Tekke. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg confirm the importance of the Bronze Age city in the early period of international trade in the Mediterranean, with their study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. “We have found huge quantities of imported pottery in Hala…
April 26, 2023

Shrine of Greek God Dionysus Discovered at Leicester Cathedral

An ancient Roman shrine, possibly of the Greek god Dionysus, was discovered buried beneath the graveyard of Leicester Cathedral in the United Kingdom. The find, along with thousands of others, was identified by archaeologists during preparatory excavations for the construction of a visitor and learning center at the cathedral. The discoveries around the cathedral grounds seem to confirm that it was customary for places of Christian worship to be built over much older ancient Roman ruins.
April 25, 2023

Bronze Swords From Mycenaean Civilisation Found In Greek Tomb

The Mycenaean civilisation was the last phase of the Bronze Age in Ancient Greece, spanning the period from approximately 1750 to 1050 BC. The period represents the first advanced and distinctively Greek civilisation in mainland Greece, notably for its palatial states, urban organisation, works of art and writing system. The tomb was found in a Mycenaean necropolis located in the ancient settlement of Rypes, where numerous chambered tombs were carved into the sandy subsoil during the “first palace” period of the Mycenaean era.

June 03, 2023

Acropolis by Andonis Theocharis Kioukas

This is "Ακρόπολη. 6.000 χρόνια σε 10 λεπτά - Acropolis. 6.000 years in 10 minutes" by "Acropolis Museum" on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
May 27, 2023

Oldest City in Europe is Strofilas in Greece

Strofilas, on the island of Andros in Greece, is the oldest city in Europe. Dating back to 4500 — 3200 BC, is the largest settlement of the Late Neolithic Age. Strofilas was found almost intact in excavations conducted by a team of Greek archeologists, headed by Christina Televantou in 1997. Located in the middle of the Aegean, on the edge of the Cyclades islands, the excavation on Andros sheds light on the area’s prehistory.

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May 22, 2023

Portrait Statuary in Athens: A View from the Athenian Agora

While scholars have tended to analyze Athenian portraiture of Roman date through comparisons to portraits from Rome, I argue that this approach has tended to obscure the importance of the long local history of portraiture in Athens itself for understanding this genre of representation. While there clearly were some changes in portrait sculpture production in Athens in the Imperial period, there was also significant stylistic continuity with the portraits of the past, many of which were still on display: visual continuity with this history rather than any notion of an abrupt rupture or indeed…
May 18, 2023

The Great Petros Themelis and the Wonder of Ancient Messene

This year’s DIAZOMA Association General Assembly, which took place in Kalamata between September 30 – October 2, in conjunction with a musical event and a tour of the archaeological site of Messene, gave participating members an unforgettable experience. Here are some of the highlights of this annual meeting, which showcases cultural monuments and ancient theatres, placing them at the centre of modern living: During the working sessions, the multifaceted array of projects being undertaken by the internationally recognised DIAZOMA Citizens’ Movement unfolded. These projects already constitute…

March 30, 2023

Diving into the world of the dead

Iordanis Dimakopoulos is an architect and erstwhile director of restoration of ancient monuments at the Greek Ministry of Culture, where, among others, he worked on the site of the Royal Tombs of Vergina in northern Greece. He is also the author of the book “Kelyfi Prostasias en Eidei Tymvou” (1993), in which he described the situation at the Archaeological Site of Aigai (Vergina) in the fall of 1980: “It was a bizarre jumble of sheets of metal and layers of concrete, beneath which one could – ducking or tripping over wooden beams – catch sight of small sections of the monuments and that only…
November 20, 2022

Archaeologist and 'Archaeostoryteller' Ted Papakostas on discovering the 'entirety' of Ancient Greece

Ted Papakostas is an archaeologist, who after acquiring his PhD in classic archaeology in 2017, decided to introduce modern Greeks to a different view of antiquity, via his “pop archaeology” project ‘Archaeostoryteller’. The project, aiming at conveying archaeological information in a simple, direct and entertaining way to the general public, turned out to be very successful. What started out on Instagram as a pastime activity for Papakostas, has since spanned to include multiple social media platforms, books, a regular podcast and talks on Universities and other institutions, demonstrating…

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Acropolis by Andonis Theocharis Kioukas
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