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Ancient Nemea to be awarded EU Heritage Label

The archaeological site of the Ancient Nemea will become the second heritage attraction in Greece to be awarded the EU’s Heritage Label, the Culture Ministry announced on Friday. The award ceremony will take place on June 13 in Brussels. Located near the city of Corinth in Peloponnese, Nemea is steeped …

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Aeschylia Festival in Elefsina kicks off with ancient tragedies, concerts, artistic performances

The Aeschylia Festival at Elefsina, west Attica, will kick off with music concerts, artistic performances, plays and an open air cinema. The annual and much beloved festival with a history of 47 years was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year it will run from August 22 until …

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DNA study: Present-day Greeks are genetically similar to 2,000BCE Aegeans

Present-day Greeks are genetically similar to 2,000 BCE Aegeans from Northern Greece, a scientific study has found. According to the study, there is “Genomic homogeneity across the Aegean during the EBA despite distinct cultural backgrounds.”   EBA Aegeans have higher genetic similarity with present-day southern Europeans, particularly present-day Sardinians. In …

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Eight ancient Greek tombs discovered in land plot in Ilia, Peloponnese

Eight ancient Greek tombs were discovered in a land plot in Ilia, south Peloponnese, the Culture Ministry announced on Monday. The tombs of various types were discovered and investigated during a recent rescue excavation by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia on a privately owned land plot at the location …

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Dozens of curse tablets discovered in 2,500-year-old Athens well

Dozens of curse tablets have been discovered in a  2,500 year-old water well in the ancient Greek cemetery of Kerameikos in downtown Athens.  The 30 small lead tablets were found engraved with ancient curses and hexes at the bottom of the well. Curse against the newlywed Glykera, focusing on her …

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Kasos: Ancient shipwrecks discovered in SE Aegean (pictures)

Five shipwrecks, large sections of their cargoes and the possible remains of an ancient port have been discovered in the sea area of the island of Kasos in south-eastern Greece. A particularly remarkable finding  is a shipwreck of the late Classical period, which had five stone anchors in pyramid-like shape …

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Ancient Greek ‘Curse of the Dancer’ deciphered, revealing backstabbing rivals

“Tie the feet together. Bind down the eyes, the hands, the feet…” Scientists have finally managed to decipher the Ancient Greek curse found on a 1,500-year-old lead tablet. The curse calls upon numerous demons to inflict harm on a dancer named Manna, who likely performed at the famous Caesarea Maritima …

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Excavation of ancient Athens neighborhood opens for public at Acropolis Museum

Baths of lavish mansions, workshops, storage rooms and streets of an ancient Athens neighborhood south of the Acropolis have been opened to visitors of the Acropolis Museum. The excavation site extends over an area of 4,000 sq meters and is located beneath the Museum. For the first time, the visitors …

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Copy of 8,000-year-old ancient boat sails from Attica to Crete

A … primitive, rowing boat, carved from a single tree trunk, anchoired at the port of Heraklio, Crete beginning of the week. The boatl was constructed by Czech scientists, an exact copy of an ancient boat Italians had used 8,000 years ago. The wooden boat left the port of Lavrio …

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More than 300,000 ancient treasures unearthed during metro digging in Thessaloniki

Metro digging in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of more than 300,000 ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, …

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Ancient Greek shipwreck found intact at the bottom of Black Sea (video)

Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck. The ancient Greek shipwreck has been lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years at the bottom of the Black Sea. The ship wreck is similar to Odysseus’s vessel as featured on an Ancient Greek pottery found in …

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Gods in Color : Did Ancient Greeks paint their statues in vibrant colors? (video)

Do we have a totally false perception abut the Ancient Greek World? Have we fallen victims to thousands of years of rain and decay that have washed out the vibrant colors of the statues of the antique leading us to the mistaken assumption that ancient Greek artists honored the Gods …

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Olympic Flame for Pyeong Chang Olympics was lit in ancient Olympia (videos, picts)

The flame for the Pyeong Chang Olympics was lit at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Tuesday, despite a brief cloudburst that disrupted the sun-reliant ceremony. It launched a long torch relay that will culminate with the Winter Games Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9. Using fire kept from a …

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Tourist steals antiquity stone from the Ancient Theater of Larissa

A tourists could probably not resist the temptation to take a souvenir from the Ancient Theater of Larissa to her home country. Taking advantage of the lack of effective guarding, a tourist grabbed an ancient stone during her visit to the  2,400-year-old antique theater on Tuesday. The stone was in …

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Revival of the Silk Road can boost Greece’s tourism industry

The Silk Road. Two words that always had a magic attraction on me. I am not sure when I first heard about it. Possible in the last years of the elementary school. Most likely I had also seen some pictures or rather paintings in encyclopedias and historical comic books we …

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Ancient Greece: Underwater research reveals port of Battle of Salamis 480 BC

Archaeological underwater research in the east coast of the island of Salamina revealed part of the port where the fleet of the alliance of the Greek-city states had gathered before the legendary Battle of Salamis against the Persian empire in 480 BC. The battle of Salamis is one of the …

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RIO 2016: Olympic Flame Lit at Ancient Olympia- Live Streaming

The Olympic flame for RIO 2016 Summer Olympic Games was lit earlier today in the ancient site of Olympia in Peloponnese. The Lighting Ceremony was performed by actress Katerina Lehou who lit the torch using a parabolic mirror to catch the the sun’s rays. The torch was lit within seconds. …

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