More finds at Akrotiri, Santorini

The ongoing research at the archaeological site of Akrotiri on Santorini is gradually revealing a place of rituals, very close to Xesti 3, an important public building, which was decorated with rich frescoes.

According to the archaeologists, the excavated finds are undoubtedly related to the perceptions and beliefs of the ancient society of Santorini, and they pose questions about the ideology and possibly the religion of the prehistoric Aegean society.

According to a statement by the Greek Ministry of Culture, during the ongoing excavations in Akrotiri, the findings have brought new and valuable information to light. The project is being executed under the aegis of the Archaeological Society of Athens and the direction of Professor Emeritus Christos Doumas, with sponsorship from the Russian based Kaspersky company.

In the interior of an important building, probably a public building, known as the “House of the Thrania”, where the famous golden goat was found in 1999 (exhibited at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, in Fira), a clay urn was found, next to a set of horns. After the cleaning of a small shrine in the NW corner, archaeologists found a marble protocycladic female figurine placed diagonally in the bottom of the clay shrine (see above photo).

Excavations and research on the site continue.