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.      

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Hope for the Tree of Hippocrates

Japanese entrepreneur, Okana Tetsuya, wants to save ‘The Tree of Hippocrates’ on the island of Kos, which is suffering problems due to ageing. The 81 year-old businessman visited the tree on October 10, where he declared his interest in saving it from becoming a total loss. The Tree of Hippocrates is a roughly 500 year-old oriental […]

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Ancient Temples and Fault Lines

The ancient Greeks may have built their temples in locations previously struck by earthquakes in the belief that the land held spiritual powers, a British scientist has claimed. According to a study by Iain Stewart, professor of geoscience communication at the University of Plymouth, several sacred sites in the Aegean region are located on fault […]

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More Finds from the Antikythera Wreck

A bronze arm and many other artifacts from the ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, have been recovered by marine archaeologists. Divers found the encrusted right arm under half a metre of sediment on the boulder-strewn slope, where the ship and its cargo now rest. The huge vessel, perhaps 50m from bow to […]

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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 […]

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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 at last be completed in the 2018 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 […]

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 […]