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Mike's Odyssey to Greece - 2005

Part 18: Akrotiri

After leaving the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, I quickly grabbed a frappe (cold blended coffee) and a spanokopida and made my way to the bus station.

A short 20 minute bus ride later and I was at the archeological dig site of Akrotiri.

They are in the process of constructing a roof over the site, but they are still in the process of excavating the ruins and uncovering artifacts.

Akrotiri
The archeological site at Akrotiri.  Note the crane and scaffolding - looks like European renovation again...

Ruins
The Akrotiri ruins covered in volcanic ash.

Ruins
Another shot of the Akrotiri ruins.  You can walk around the streets and alleys among the buildings as they were 4,000 years ago.  Note the well in the center of the picture.

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A shot of the ruins from the second floor on the wooden catwalk.

Mortar
A mortar and pestle discovered among the ruins and left where they were discovered.

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A broken staircase in one of the multi-storied buildings.

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A view of a guide showing the scale of the buildings.

Toilet
An ancient toilet found in Akrotiri.

Ruins
How advanced were they?  Note the sewer in the top of the photo of a house.

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A recently unearthed pot.

Road
Note the ancient paved road through the center of the town.

Ruins
Pots viewed inside a building through a doorway.

One of the disappointing things about Akrotiri is that most of the really cool artifacts have been removed.  Many are on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and the rest are on display in the National Museum of Antiquities in Athens.  All of the interesting wall frescoes, for example, are no longer on display.

Still, it is pretty neat to be able to walk around in and among a 4,000 year old city that has almost been perfectly preserved as it originally was.

Ash layers
A view of the ground outside the site.  Note the layer of ash and then the layer of volcanic rock that sits atop it.  The ash came from steady eruptions and the rock from the cataclysmic eruption that destroyed most of the island.

If you would like to learn more about the Akrotiri site, check out their website!

Continue on to Part 19:  The Cave of Nikolas (or "A pause for some wine with a view")