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  • Forty years after the first French excavations at Amathus, the fieldwork and surveying at the site continues in collaboration with the Cypriot archaeological authorities.

    Georeferencing of the inscription of Kallinikos by Lionel Fadin (A. Cannavò)
    Georeferencing of the inscription of Kallinikos by Lionel Fadin (A. Cannavò)

    Under the guidance of Anna Cannavò a Geographical Information System (GIS) will soon be made available: following the model elaborated by the French School at Athens in Delos, it will allow for the collecting of all existent scientific information about both the ancient excavations and recent missions. Accessible to all researchers who wish to better understand the topography of Amathus from an electronic search portal on-line, this tool is proof of the French School at Athens’ vitality and commitment to pooling information and resources relative to the ancient city: recalibrating the ancient maps, completing its database, updating the known graves of Amathus in order to contribute to a more thorough knowledge of the city’s organization, its mortuary and social customs, its places of worship and its urban fabric.

    View from the acropolis towards the southeast (A. Cannavò)
    View from the acropolis towards the southeast (A. Cannavò)

    The French School at Athens also gives special importance to the publication of monographs consecrated to the history and archaeology of Amathus: Le porte externe (J.-Y. Empereur); La muraille et le quartier Nord (P. Aupert & Cl. Balandier); Le temple d’Aphrodite (A. Hermary & M. Schmid); La prospection (C. Petit-Aupert); Les nécropoles (A. Hermary & Y. Violaris).
    Lastly, the support of the French Embassy and the French Institute of Cyprus contributes to the progress of site development at Amathus. In cooperation with the archaeological services of the Limassol district, a valorization project for the lower city and for the acropolis will be launched in order to give visitors the most stunning and most comprehensive image of the Amathusian discoveries.

    L. Thély, trans. A.M. Schroth-Daskalakis


    ARCHIMAGE : The latest pictures

    Thasos - Acropole ; Athénaion (sanctuaire d'Athéna), GTh 65 - R1454-002

    Sujet : vase attique Matériau : argile Technique : tourné Cat.style : figure noir état de conservation : fragment
    Archimage is intended to gradually put online the graphic and photographic documents, kept in the Archives service of FSA.

    Archaeology in Greece ONLINE

    Thermos. I. Papapostolou (ASA) reports on the systematic investigation of the sloping area east of the east stoa of the Agora of the sanctuary of Apollo. Investigation revealed two monumental stone staircases, corresponding to the two exit openings in the back wall of the stoa, about 40 m. apart. Only the lower sections are preserved: 7 steps in the northern (Fig. 1) and 10 in the southern (Fig. 2) staircase, made of limestone slabs of equal height, but unequal length, constructed in careful isodomic style. The northern staircase is 4.80 m. wide, the southern 6.80 m., as are the equivalent openings connecting the stoa with the area to the east. The space between the staircases and the stoa is paved and about 2 m. wide. It is likely, but not certain, that the two staircases led to th
    A collaborative project with the BSA.