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Akrotiri

Akrotiri - The Prehistoric Thera

The civilization being revealed amidst the ruins of Akrotiri seems to be a scion, a uniting of the old cultural tradition of the Cyclades with the innovations of Minoan Crete. The Late Minoan 1 A city of Akrotiri was built on top of the ruins of a Middle Cycladic settlement from which have survived numerous architectural and copious ceramic remains. From the preceding period,too, the Early Cycladic, there is positive pottery evidence. So it is apparent that even in the 3rd millennium B.C the strategic position of Akrotiri had been appreciated. To this perpetually thriving township it seems that the Minoan Cretans came and settled quite early on and joined their fortunes with the tragic fate of the inhabitants of Thera. This Minoan element, however, exercised a significant influence over the cultural, social, economic and perhaps even political development of Theran society. This is the general impression which those remnants of human activity, such as architecture, wall-paintings, pottery, metal-working and the everyday life in general as it is indirectly traced through diverse minor objects, make on the scholars.