Exploring Santorini, we ventured out across the island to Ancient Akrotiri. This archeological site, is a Minoan village, from about 1600 BCE, that was covered in ash and mud after the volcano erupted and destroyed the island. In Athens, we had a chance to see the wall frescoes from this site at the National archeological museum, where they were moved for preservation.
Even without the frescoes in place, the site was impressive. The entire town was preserved, in a similar way to Pompeii. When archeological research began here in the 1960s, the site was covered by a roof to protect it. In the 1990s, the corrugated metal was replaced by a light and Eco friendly structure as part of an EU preservation project. The protective building covers the whole site, providing shade and weather protection to both visitors and archeological staff, who are still actively working the site.
We followed up the field trip by viewing a PBS show, from the Secrets of the Dead series, linking the Santorini volcano and resulting tsunamis, with the stories of Atlantis.
Our rental house has a view of the caldera, so all of our studies this week have been on the balcony, overlooking the once sizable volcano.