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The mega-eruption of the volcano on the island of Thera (modern Santorini) in the Late Cycladic I period which buried the settlement of Akrotiri on the south coast has produced spectacular architectural and material culture remains as well as generated many hard-fought controversies. The two most prominent revolve around the absolute date of the eruption (“high chronology” = later 17th century BC vs “low chronology” = late 16th century BC) and the nature and the effect of the tsunami caused by the collapse of the caldera.

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78-25-001 Soluntum, house with 4x3 Doric peristyle court, partly re-erected

Soluntum, house with 4x3 Doric peristyle court, partly re-erected (Professor Fred Winter, 1978)

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CIG Student Conference

One of the central goals of the Institute is the promotion of research relating to Greek cultural heritage in its broadest sense.

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