Lost temple found in Greece after a century

  • 14 Oct - 20 Oct, 2017
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Archaeologists have discovered the lost, ancient temple dedicated to goddess Artemis after a century of searching. The location of the temple has confused researchers since the 19th century, thanks to the misreading of an ancient text.

It was found in the fishing village of Amarynthos on the second largest Greek island, by archaeologists with the Swiss Archaeological School in Greece alongside the Ephorate of Euboea Antiquities. Evacuation of the site has been underway for years. The team, led by Prof. Karl Reber of the University of Lausanne, Director of the Swiss Archaeological School in Greece, and Amalia Karappalalidou, Honorary Ephorate of Antiquities of Evia, were able to identify the temple as belonging to Artemis due to sealed inscriptions. These were found on bases of foundations, coins, and tiles that were inscribed with the word, Artemis. Another clue was the frequent references to Leto, Artemis’ mother and Apollo, her brother.

In an official statement, the Greek Culture Ministry said, “According to ancient sources, this sanctuary was one of the most important of Evia. Since the 19th century, archaeologists have tried to locate this sanctuary, but this has not been possible, despite many assumptions, because of the erroneous indication of distance in Strabo's text.”