The Byzantine & Christian Museum of Athens hosts, from Wednesday, Nov 22 to Sunday, Nov 26, a conference “On the Cycladic Islands; Archaeological Work in the Cyclades” and the exhibition “Cycladic snapshots from the monuments and their people”, which opens on Nov 22 at 20.00 and will run through the end of February 2018.

The conference

The conference, which honours Fotini Zafiropoulou, Ephor Emeritus of Cycladic Antiquities, and the memory of Nikolaos Zafiropoulos, Ephor of Cycladic Antiquities from 1959 to 1972 for his contribution to the study, protection and promotion of Cycladic antiquities, aims to acquaint both specialists and the general public with the important archaeological work carried out for years in the Cycladic islands and the finds it has revealed from prehistoric to recent times. To be attended by over 200 participants in 21 sessions in its five days, the conference will cover the following areas:

(a) Excavations, fieldwork (preventive and systematic excavations, surface surveys), special studies of material and broader synthetic studies;

(b) conservation and restoration of monuments in relation to projects for the promotion and redesign of archaeological sites;

(c) the work carried out in the islands’ Museums and Archaeological Collections through exhibitions, educational programmes and related activities.

The exhibition

As stated by Mr Dimitris Athanassoulis, Head of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, “We decided to present this exhibition on the history of research in the Cyclades as a parallel event to the conference on the archaeological work on the islands. And since the islands are remote, we decided to …bring them to Athens”. The exhibition presents, in three parts:

Data from the first excavations on Delos and Reneia, by the French Archaeological School and the then-newly formed Archaeological Service; finds from the excavations of Nikolaos Zafiropoulos at Sellada, Thera, and most uniquely the model of a house which has never been exhibited and may be the highlight of the exhibition; and typical exhibits from the research and conservation of Byzantine monuments in the Cyclades.

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