Greek History News

Greek History News

For those who are interested in ancient Greece, we have created this section on history news, to bring you information on the latest archaeological finds, research, documentaries and news from the islands and broader Greece. We hope you will enjoy our articles.

Iklaina

Iklaina, the First City State

Little-known Iklaina in the Peloponnese, was a major centre of Mycenaean culture and finds indicate that it was the first city-state in ancient Greece. Iklaina marks the transition from a world without states to a world where the state is the dominant political institution. In the city-state located in todays’ Messenia prefecture, archaeologists have discovered […]

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Did Humankind Originate in the Mediterranean?

A team of archaeologists in Bulgaria has resumed a search for fossils of an ape-like creature which may be the oldest-known direct ancestor of man and whose discovery has challenged the central hypothesis that humankind originated in Africa. The Graecopithecus freybergi, which lived 7.2 million years ago, is known only from a lower jawbone, unearthed […]

Akrotiri

Further Excavations at Akrotiri, Santorini

The Central Archaeological Council of Greece, has confirmed that one of the most important and longest archaeological studies in the country, Akrotiri archaeological site on Santorini, will continue until at least 2020. The head of the excavations Mr. Christos Doumas and his team are to engage in a series of tasks, primarily involving maintenance of […]

Ancient Theatre in Thassos Town

Development and conservation work continues at the ancient theatre in Thassos Town. It is hoped that the majority of the work will be completed in the 2017 summer season, allowing the theatre to once again host plays and musical events. The theatre is built into a natural bowl in the acropolis that rises above the […]

British Spy on Thassos

Whilst researching the wreckage of a First World War Sopwith Camel bi-plane discovered on the mountain above Prinos, information has come to light regarding the identity of a possible British spy on Thassos during the First World War! His name was William Riddle, locally known at the time as “Billy Riddle” and described in contemporary […]

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Human Remains in the Antikythera Wreck

Two divers from a team investigating the Roman-era shipwreck off the Aegean island of Antikythera have discovered ancient human remains, presumably of one of the crew. It was in the year 1900 that Greek sponge divers discovered the wreck, which became famous for one artifact that had been part of its ancient cargo, the Antikythera […]

The Atlantis Connection

In the book I cover the history of the volcano and that of the island, including the Atlantis connection, based on the latest research. However, having received e-mails regarding the confusing and contradictory information that continues to be presented in the majority of guide books and the numerous poorly researched Atlantis ‘documentaries’, I will confirm […]