New exhibition with archaeological artefacts opened in Athens

Athens Municipal Gallery in Metaxourgio is hosting an exhibition “Des Apenanti – A settlement on Keros of 4,500 years ago” which contains archaeological artefacts from Keros and Daskalio, early Cycladic island sites from the period 3200-2100 BC. The exhibition was inaugurated by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Objects in the exhibit were first showed in public in 2019 and include items from the long-term excavation by the University of Cambridge at the islets southeast of Naxos, Keros and Daskalio, part of the Koufonissia group of islands. The excavation is under the British School of Athens under permission of the Ministry of Culture, reports Greek City Times.

Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis spoke of the numerous objects found on such small sites, and of archaeological information that would “take dozens if not hundreds of books to record fully.”

Greece’s Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said: “4,500 years ago Daskalio was not a separate island, but the southwestern-most promontory of Keros. At this promontory, archaeologists revealed the oldest island sanctuary, one of the most important prehistoric sites globally, according to Lord Colin Renfrew. It was clearly the most significant ritual center of the Cycladic Islands in the center of the Aegean from the start of 3000 BC, and definitely nearly 500 years earlier than any other ritual center in the prehistoric Aegean, according to its other excavator, Michael Boyd”.

The exhibit highlights the start of urbanisation and the maritime trade networks for raw materials and goods in the Aegean Sea during the prehistoric era and will be opened until August 31.

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