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Santorini Greece is one of the most popular islands for tourist to explore.  However, there is one experience that may be skipped if you have not done any research.  If you have started your list of things to do in Santorini Greece, Akrotiri Archaeological site is a must and is a major part of Santorini history and culture.  Located on the south side of the island of Santorini is an archaeological dig sitefor you to explore! It’s easy to get caught up in Santorini with all the beautiful views, the water, shopping and beaches.  But don’t skip this part of Greece‘s ancient history! Akrotiri Santorini is considered to be one of the most important Aegean prehistoric settlement to ever be discovered.

Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece
Akrotiri Aegean prehistoric settlement
Inside Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement

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Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece
Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece
Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece

The Discovery of the Akrotiri Ruins

 

The Akrotiri excavation sitebegan back in 1870 by the French Archaeological School of Athens and continues today.  What they found in ancient Santoriniwas a Minoan civilization constructed around the year 4,500 B.C., the Bronze Age.  They uncovered a whole urban center and ports at the Santorini archaeology site. Around 1627 BC the civilization of Akrotiri Greecewas destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Thera.  The island was completely covered.  However, archeologist believe due to there being previous earthquakes the island was pretty much abandoned as no human remains have been found.

Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece
Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece

Akrotiri Archaeological Finds

Throughout the years the excavations continued, and it is open to the public to view. What has been excavated? Ash actually covers and protects, and Akrotiri was covered in ash. You will find that it looks like time has stood still.  As objects are uncovered they are brought to the archaeological Museum of Thera.  However, at the Santorini ruins you can view the structures of buildings, rooms, staircases.  You will find tools, Akrotiri pottery and frescos.  The pottery production in ancient Akrotiri gives evidence to more information on daily life in ancient Akrotiri Santorini; all sizes of jars, containers, cooking pots, and vessels used for drinking and pouring.

Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece
Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece

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Akrotiri Archaeological Site Admission

 

The summer schedule for the Akrotiri siteis open April 1st– Oct 31st.   Winter months the Akrotiri hours are a little shorter and closed on Mondays.  The site is made very comfortable as it is covered with a roof to block out the sun rays.  You can explore on your own, but there are also Akrotiri Santorini guided toursfor hire. The general admission is 12 Euro, however there are different price structures for senior citizens, students, teachers and more.  Also, there are days throughout the year that they have free admission for everyone to be able to visit Akrotiri.  It is a good idea to check their web site for all up to date information on Akrotiri Santorini opening times.

Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece
Akrotiri Archeological site an Aegean prehistoric settlement in Santorini Greece

 

In Conclusion

 

For the history lover’s and even if you are not- the Akrotiri excavations will not be a disappointment while visiting the island of Santorini.  Discovering while you are traveling how people lived back in history, what they endured, how they succumbed or survived the elements  can add a whole different understanding of the culture.

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Sherrie has been traveling for sometime now. Her husband Kevin and herself love to explore different destinations and adventures. She has always wanted to write, so writing about traveling just became the obvious combination. "I love, love, love to travel! Everything about it- views, sights, experiences, exploration, food, wine and of course meeting people!" Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten

Comments:

  • August 13, 2017

    Never thought of Santorini as an archeological site. That would be so fun to do some archeological digging on vacay. Did you uncover anything on the site and how much in USD is the entry fee?

  • Nicole V

    August 13, 2017

    Wow! I love history, so it was very interesting to read about the history of the site and see all the photos! To find out they’ve been digging at that site since 1860 is amazing!

  • August 14, 2017

    Oh my! This santorini looks a great place to visit. I hope one day i can visit this place.

  • August 14, 2017

    Great photos! I would love to visit Santorini someday. I had no idea it had so much archaeology to explore.

  • August 14, 2017

    Constantly in Love w/pics of Greece! It always looks so beautiful! I love it.

  • August 23, 2017

    I really like how you show the not “instagram pics” side of Santorini. This looks like such an interesting archaeology to discover and really makes Santorini more interesting in my eyes.
    Thanks a lot for this
    Greetings
    Amelie

  • August 23, 2017

    I’ve read and heard so much about Santorini but had no idea they got an archaeological site in there! Looks really interesting, would love to visit when I make it to Santorini one day 🙂

  • August 23, 2017

    Amazing! Love when you can mix historical/archeological with great views, good restaurants and sightseeing! Sound like Santorini has it all.

  • Anna Schlaht

    August 23, 2017

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist. Obviously it didn’t turn out that way, but being able to visit one in person would be so fun. Can you imagine all the history you could find there? We have plans to visit Santorini soon; definitely adding this to our list of things to do. Thanks for sharing!

  • August 25, 2017

    This post sparks my curiosity! Akrotiri reminds me of what happened to Pomepeii. I’ll love to check both of those out in person one day

  • November 19, 2017

    great post can’t wait to visit 🙂

  • November 19, 2017

    Even though I’m currently focusing on Asia with my travels, Santorini is on top of my bucket list for the time when I will have returned to Europe. It’s great to see that there’s also Ancient Greek history to be explored on the island. Thanks for sharing this!

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