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Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea


A Swiss-led team of archaeologists in Greece has made a spectacular find: the temple of Artemis, a famous open-air sanctuary of antiquity.

Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture
Researchers have been looking for the sanctuary for more than a century. The site was found at the foot of the Paleoekklisies hill near the small fishing town of Amarynthos on the Greek island of Euboea. It’s about 10km from the place where the temple was wrongly thought to be located.

Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture
Since 2007, the search for the sanctuary has been led by Karl Reber, a professor at the Universty of Lausanne and director of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Athens.

Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture
Researchers found parts of a massive wall dating back to the classical era, which they believe belongs to the stoa or portico built near the temple. Exploratory trenches were opened in Amarynthos in 2012, and the Swiss team brought to light a bigger part of the building.

Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Lost temple of Artemis found on Greek island of Euboea
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture
Now, after also finding artefacts with inscriptions, they are sure that they have located the site of the Artemis Amarynthia, which was the end point of the annual procession of people from the once prosperous trading city of Eretrea, 10km away.


They held a festival in honour of Artemis, the untameable goddess of hunting in Greek mythology. She was worshipped as the patron goddess of Amarynthos, which takes its name from an Eretrean man who was besotted by Artemis.

Source: Swissinfo [September 20, 2017]
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3 comments :

  1. All praise Artemis, the Great Demon Huntress of Shadows!

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  2. One is led to wonder if the name of the hill by which the sanctuary was found, "Paleoekklisies," was connected to the temple/santuary, since it translates, I believe, to something like the "old gathering place" or "old church." The name of the hill may have been derived from it being the goal of the ancient annual procession, where the people gathered. At least it is suspicious.

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  3. what else has been found ? any statuary ? amazing

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