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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 July 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019 15 ANTIQUITY Archaeologists work to uncover the secrets of Keros. Archaeology today... KEROS PROJECT A complex of 60 marble buildings, dating back 4,600 years, have been unearthed on a tiny mountain-peakshaped island known as Daskalio, off the coast of the Aegean island of Keros. Excavations began four years ago, but detailed data analysis over the past 12 months has revealed the true scale of the complex that transforms experts’ understanding of Bronze Age culture. The latest findings show the ruins of a pyramidshaped compound - believed to have been a prehistoric sanctuary that stood shimmering at its summit and was visible from several kilometres away. The construction suggests that early Greeks were "organisationally, technically and politically" much more advanced than previously thought. The excavations and analysis of the finds directed by archaeologists of Cambridge University's McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research show that early Bronze Age Greeks made at least 3,500 sea voyages to transport materials to build the glittering complex designed to glisten in the sun. In journeys, totalling 45,000 miles, there were between 7,000-10,000 tonnes of shining white marble shipped from one Aegean island to another. The prehistoric marine transport operation is the largest that has come to light so far and demonstrates how integral seafaring was to these early Bronze Age Aegean people. "Our investigation has been transforming our understanding of early Bronze Age Cycladic culture and suggests that these very early Greeks were organisationally, technically and politically much more advanced than previously thought," they said. CYCLADIC TREASURES An exhibition, "From the world of Homer. Tinos and the Cyclades in the Mycenaean era", that runs through to 14 October is being held in cooperation with the Piraeus Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) at the Museum of Marble Craft in the village of Pyrgos, Tinos. The exhibition aims at showcasing the contribution of the Cyclades in the Mycenaean culture in the Aegean Sea, presenting, inter alia, antiquities that are unknown to the broad public, and assembling a panorama of Mycenaean civilisation in the Cyclades. More than 150 selected items, representative objects of ceramic art, metallurgy, miniature art, jewellery, and figurines and statuettes, reveal aspects of the magnificent cultural heritage of the Mycenaean world, the inspiration for two of the foremost works of global literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey. DOCTOR AT ACROPOLIS A doctor has been stationed at the Acropolis for the first time, and will be on call for the public and staff members alike from 10am to 6pm daily. On the first day on duty, three casualties needed attention. An ambulance will also be available on days when temperatures soar.
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