We discovered on our visit to the Island of Santorini, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera (the original name for Santorini). Housed there are some of the murals from the Akrotiri excavations. Others we saw at the National Archeological Museum in Athens. The Thera Foundation Web Site offers a lot of detail regarding these ancient works.
Akrotiri is the site of a Minoan Bronze Age settlement which is named for the modern Greek village situated on a hill nearby. The original name of the site and the culture in antiquity is unknown.
Akrotiri was buried by the widespread Theran eruption in the middle of the second millennium (around 1450)BC. Just like the Roman ruins of Pompeii, it was remarkably well-preserved buried beneath the volcanic ash. Started in 1967, the excavations there have uncovered many artifacts at the ruins, including the colorful frescoes which are located throughout the structures.
Certain historians consider this settlement, as well as the disaster that left it unknown to most of history, as the inspiration behind Plato’s story of the Lost continent of Atlantis. However, only a single gold object has been found, hidden beneath flooring, and no human skeletal remains have been found. Unlike Pompeii, this indicates to them that they were fortunate enough to have had the time to evacuate the island with little or no loss of life. View our other unique art collections.
Inspired by the artistry and imagery of these ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman paintings, Ancient Artifice is creating amazing replicas history's rediscovered images. Each is meticulously handcrafted by Linda Rosato and Tom Wehr resulting in a custom, one-of-a-kind work of ancient art for you to cherish and enjoy for years to come. We are continually adding new images to our existing collections. Select from our current offerings or we can work with you to produce a totally custom piece. Please contact us with any questions or requests you may have. We're looking forward to hearing about you project ideas!