Santorini’s Prehistoric Akrotiri Harbor Studied



Research that began earlier this year is still underway at the lost port of Akrotiri on Santorini island. Akrotiri is the name of the excavation site of a Minoan Bronze Age settlement associated with the Minoan civilization due to inscriptions in Linear A, and close similarities in artifact and fresco styles.

The excavation is named for a modern Greek village situated on a hill nearby. Akrotiri was buried by the widespread Thiran eruption in the middle of the second millennium B.C.

The geological study began in January by a group of researchers from Institute of Materials Science, Dimokritos, led by Director Ioannis Basiakos, and including Konstantinos Athanasas and Katerina Theodorakopoulou, in cooperation with the Department of Geography from University of Hedelberg.

The Institution of Education and European Culture, Nikos and Lyntia Trihas, is one of the benefactors. The localization of the prehistoric harbor, Akrotiri, in Thira is expected to prove the significance of Santorini (Thira) regarding the spread of the eastern mediterannean civilization, through trading and navigation. The discovery of the lost harbor is of a high historic importance and is said to be a breakthrough in the archeological world.


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  1. Visited this summer.  nothing, exept elapsed time, is ‘prehistoric’ about Acrotiri’s organization and functionality.  A real eye opener.