New pre­his­toric rem­nants un­earthed on Greece’s San­torini Is­land

Iran Daily - - Art & Culture -

Greek arche­ol­o­gists have had new sig­nif­i­cant finds this year at the pre­his­toric set­tle­ment of Akrotiri on San­torini Is­land, which may cast more light on the life of in­hab­i­tants thou­sands of years ago, Greek cul­ture min­istry an­nounced.

The site where one of the most im­por­tant pre­his­toric set­tle­ments of the Aegean Sea had flour­ished since the Late Ne­olithic times (4th mil­len­nium BCE) has been sys­tem­at­i­cally ex­ca­vated over the past five decades, china.org.cn re­ported.

So far arche­ol­o­gists have un­earthed rem­nants of build­ings with mag­nif­i­cent wall-paint­ings and an elab­o­rate drainage sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Dur­ing the lat­est ex­ca­va­tion works from spring to au­tumn this year con­ducted un­der the aus­pices of the Arche­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety at Athens, arche­ol­o­gists dis­cov­ered a mar­ble fe­male fig­urine and two small mar­ble col­lared jars dat­ing back to the third mil­len­nium BCE, a mar­ble vial and an alabaster vase in­side clay chests, ac­cord­ing to an e-mailed press state­ment.

Ex­perts be­lieve that these items were used in the per­for­mance of rit­ual acts on the site, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

“These finds are un­doubt­edly linked to the views and be­liefs of the is­land’s so­ci­ety and pro­vide a stim­u­lus for a new in­ter­pre­tive drive on fun­da­men­tal ques­tions about the ide­ol­ogy and pos­si­bly the re­li­gion of pre­his­toric Aegean so­ci­ety,” the an­nounce­ment said.

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