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Presentation - Rediscovering Kythera's Ancient Capital

submitted by John Fardoulis on 16.10.2010

Rediscovering Kythera’s Ancient Capital...
Highlights from archaeological excavations in Kythera, July 2010

A talk explaining how members of the Kytherian-Australian community helped to organise a team who supported archaeological digs on Kythera during July, 2010.

Sections of the mostly forgotten 2500+ year-old ancient capital were found at Palaeokastro, helping discover new evidence regarding ancient Kytherian history.

Hear how the team found walls, columns, coins, thousands of roof tile fragments, ancient ceramics and dozens of other different kinds of artefacts.

Key finds and an explanation of how the same community backed concept could be implemented in other parts of Greece will be presented.

Where: Sydney University, New Law School Lecture Theatre 101

When: Wednesday, November 10th, 7pm for a 7.30pm start

How Much: Free.

Light refreshments will be served, including;
* Exquisite chocolates from Fardoulis Chocolates and,

* Superb coffee from SchibelloCaffe

RSVP by Nov 1st is esential.
Please call Kathy Samios on 02 9349 1849 or email john.fardoulis (at) to secure your place.

Come along and find out about one of the most exciting projects in Kythera for years!

A flyer, including map is here:

The lecture has been sponsored by Laiki bank and is presented in association with the Sydney Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

This project was generously supported by the Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust and Kytherian Association of Australia.

Also a huge amount of help from the Greek Orthodox Church - particularly Bishop Seraphim, Father Yiorgi from Avlemonas & Agia Moni, Father Mariatos from Potamos, Dhimos Kytherion (particularly Mayor Koukoulis and Deputy Mayor Protopsaltis), archaeologist Aris Tsaravopoulos, the team of volunteer archaeologists and archaeology students, members of the public who volunteered, the two supermarkets of Potamos, the bakeries of Karavas, Potamos and Karvounathes, Matina Pavlakis, Anna Cominos, Pia Panaretos, Jimmy Galakatos, Kostas Moulos, Themi Fardoulis, Helen Fardoulis, Stavroula Papadopoulos, Aphrodite Samios, Daphne Petrochilos, Cleopatra Sclavos, George Poulos, Maria Sarli, Mr Alekos Castrissios, Manolis and Georgia Magonezos...
Many other people also need to be thanked for their support, a more detailed list expressing gratitude will be available shortly.

Photos from the project can be seen here:

And videos here:
Archaeology Students Starting on the First Test Trench

Explaining the Top Trenches

Footage – When an Ancient Nail Was Found

How a Christian Church (Agios Kosmas at Paliokastro) Was Constructed Using Ancient Materials from Perhaps 1000+ Years Prior

Historic Agios Kosmas Church service, the first liturgy in probably 100+ years…

Explaining the Significance of Finding a Sling Bullet

The Significance of (the many) Roof Tiles Found

Kytherian-Australian Volunteers Learning About Archaeology & the Island’s Ancient History

2nd, ‘Rescue’ Excavation in Paliopolis, July 2010

Feedback from Volunteers

Eye Witness Account from Paliokastro of the Sinking of the HMS Gloucester in 1944

Getting Up & Down the Mountain Every Day

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