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Thera: The Archaeological Finds at Akrotiri

Overview of artifacts

Miss Kitson

on 23 May 2013

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Transcript of Thera: The Archaeological Finds at Akrotiri

So What? What did the excavators find? Narrow Paved Streets
Houses of several storeys built of stone blocks and mortar reinforced with wooden beams
Drainage system beneath the streets made of narrow slab covered ditches
Plumbing in houses made of clay pipes that drained waste from domestic toilets into the town drainage system
Stone or Wooden staircases
Windows that allowed light and ventilation
Workshops – many containing hammers and anvils
Pithoi (storage jars) The Spring Fresco Young Boxers Fresco The Admirals Fresco Archaeological Finds at Akrotiri Thera What do these finds suggest about the people who inhabited Akrotiri? They found Frescoes too! Frescoes are wall paintings or murals. Whilst they are greatly valued because of their artistic merit, the wall paintings at Akrotiri are regarded as an outstanding source of information about the Bronze Age Aegean World.

Unlike many of the frescoes found, the ones at Akrotiri and largely intact. This is due to their burial beneath layers of volcanic ash.

The frescoes give us insight into many different areas of daily life including dress and personal adornment to architecture, ship building, flora and fauna. What makes Akrotiri and the other sites on Thera so fascinating is that all of the archaeological finds are in situ! The abundant preservation of artefacts, often more or less in situ, in rooms decorated by paintings with known wall positions provides contextual information at a level not even reached in the Roman Neapolitan towns and villas. Thus at Akrotiri much more plausible assessments can now be made not only of individual rooms or areas, but also of buildings as a whole, through study of the internal connections between rooms or units with rich contextual evidence.

P.Warren, foreword to C.Doumas, The Wall Paintings of Thera, The Thera Foundation, Athens, 1999, p.13. So he says a lot, but what does Warren actually mean? Conservation What do we mean by mineral pigments?

Why are the colours limited?

What information can historians infer from frescoes?

How does this use of frescoes impact our understanding of the civilisation of Thera? Fisherman Fresco
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