Jun 28, 2016

Ash and Akrotiri

The layer of ash and pumice that covered the settlement after the 17th century BC volcanic eruption created in Akrotiri the ideal environment because of the lack of oxygen required for the preservation of perishable materials. So Akrotiri is one of the few places in Greece that preserves evidence of prehistoric art such as furniture, wood carving, basket weaving and the manufacture of musical instruments. These were arts virtually unknown, otherwise, to the current research of the prehistoric Aegean or known only indirectly from art depictions and from references to Mycenaean Linear B tablets.