Inscription found in Evia sheds light on significant ancient sanctuary

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-14 03:02:17|Editor: yan
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ATHENS, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Archaeologists brought to light new findings linked to the Sanctuary of Artemis Amarysia in Evia, about 110 kilometers southeast of Athens, Greek national news agency AMNA reported on Tuesday.

A partially preserved inscription which read "... of Artemis in Amarynthos" was found in Paleochoria, where the sanctuary was unearthed two years ago, near the village of Amarynthos.

According to a Greek Culture Ministry announcement, the engraving links Artemis, the goddess of hunting in ancient Greek mythology, with her sanctuary, a major site of worship 2,500 years ago.

During the summer of 2017, archaeologists uncovered a series of buildings dating from the 6th to 2nd centuries BC, as well as inscriptions bearing the name "Artemis" referring to dedications to her.

But this is the first time that archaeologists matched the place name of Amarynthos.

The inscription which was reused in a Roman-era fountain was found fragmented.

Excavation work by the team of Greek-Swiss archaeologists, led by Karl Reber, professor of classical archaeology at the University of Lausanne and Amalia Karapashalidou, the honorary ephor of antiquities of Evia, started in 2006.

According to the Culture Ministry, the find was particularly significant.

"The remains of the prehistoric settlement excavated in the '70s and '80s in the same area by the Greek Archaeological Service can be linked to the Mycenaean place of "a-ma-ru-to" first mentioned in Linear B tablets which were found in the Mycenaean palace of Thebes," the statement read.

Archaeologists claimed that it is one of the most important sanctuaries of Evia as described in ancient Greek texts.