Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Akrotiri was the principal settlement on pre-eruption Thera. The excavation was closed in 2005 when the canopy collapsed, killing one tourist and injuring two others. It reopened in 2012.
The site has been likened to Pompeii, except there are no bodies. The few remains discovered are believed to have been ordinary burials. Also, almost no valuable objects have been found apart from a statue believed to have been left as a votive. It appears that the population mostly had time to escape.
View from Akrotiri to the sea.

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Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 03 June 2020