Προχριστιανικές αρχαιότητες στον ΆθωPart of : Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη ; Vol.16, No.1, 2002, pages 391-405
Prechristian antiquities on Athos
When Vatopedi Monastery’s collection of treasures was put on display again in the new sacristy, which includes, for the first time on Mount Athos, a space dedicated to Prechristian antiquities, a record was made of the Prechristian antiquities that are preserved in the monastery complex or incorporated in its buildings. The question of the provenance of these antiquities (a question which also relates to the smaller Prechristian collections in other Athonite monasteries and many of their dependencies) prompted us to examine the subject of ‘Prechristian Athos’ generally, with regard to both the historical topography of the area and the portable antiquities.The aim of our project is to record the archaeological sites and the portable antiquities on Mount Athos and to publish the resulting catalogue.Our research to date, in the literature and in the field, has resulted in the location and recording of 12, known and unknown, archaeological sites, for 5 of which an attempt was made to identify them with towns known to have existed on the peninsula.Apart from ceramics, small artefacts, and architectural members, such architectural remains as parts of the fortifications of citadels, walls of houses, and cemeteries have also been found on these sites.Our visits to the Athonite monasteries have enabled us to locate and record hundreds of mostly unknown portable antiquities in the monastery collections, such as coins, examples of major sculpture and statuettes, clay figurines and busts, inscribed and plain votive and sepulchral reliefs, inscribed bases of statues, inscriptions, vessels of various periods and types, quantities of sherds, inscribed and plain marble sarcophagi, architectural members, clay lamps, weapons, and various other small objects.Our research continues.
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