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The densely illustrated five volumes which are the official scientific record of the excavation at Agios Georgios.
submitted by KCA Admin on 10.11.2014
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The latest issue of the digital photography magazine wip (Work In Progress), entirely devoted to the this year’s Kythera Photographic Encounters. You can download the biligual 30 MB .pdf file from wip’s internet page at http://www.wip.gr/.
submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 22.10.2014
Carol Burnham; Author of The Caver
Available on amazon.com and bookpassages.com
In The Caver, Claire, an American writer, returns to the island of Kithera, “for answers,” but certainty is difficult in the land of myth and “trickster” light. Even her new tutor, who possesses a "strange consonance" with the island, becomes for her, an object of intrigue. When an amiable new neighbour extends an invitation on the day they meet, Claire declines, indicating that she needs to be alone for a while, but subsequently is persuaded to attend a dinner party. There she meets George, a caver from Malta, and falls inexplicably in love. She travels to Crete and ventures alone up a mountain to the remote village where she can be with him near his project. Then the unexpected occurs. Claire comes to Greece in search of answers and finds, instead, a stubborn but beautiful mystery.
Carol Burnham has a master’s degree in English literature and has taught at colleges in the San Francisco Bay area.
Available at bookpassage.com and amazon.com
submitted by Mick Georgas on 25.09.2014
submitted by Archaeology On Kythera on 18.09.2014
The Fox Gazette
October 5, 2012 BY ANDY
The remains the Antikythera mechanism, a device of up to 40 cogs and gears that the ancient Greeks used to track the cycles of the solar system. Photograph: X-Tek Group/AFP
Over 2000 years ago, a Roman vessel ladened with stolen Greek treasure sank near the Greek island of Antikythera. Many years later, in 1900, sponge divers hauled up a piece of the cargo now known as the Antikythera mechanism, the oldest known computer in the world.
At first scientists discarded the find as a sea clogged lump. However, when the device was eventually cracked open, what they found were cog wheels, dials and inscriptions.
Scientists took over 100 years and needed X-rays and CT scans to work out it was used to calculate the heavens. It contains pointers to position the planets, a star calendar, eclipse prediction dial and a timetable of athletic events.
Nothing close to the complexity of the Antikythera mechanism is known to have been created until well over a thousand years later. The next comparable device is the mechanical clock in medieval Europe.
The wreck sits 60 metres below the surface of rough seas, a dangerous dive even by today’s standards. Two of the Greek sponge divers in 1900 resurfaced paralysed by the bends, while a third one died.
Marine explorer Jacques Cousteau spent several days at the site in 1978, and hauled up a few trinkets which appear to date the vessel, although divers could only stay at the site for minutes at a time. No one has since returned.
Now, however, marine archaeologist Brendan Foley, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, has been granted permission to investigate the site further.
Accompanied by Greek archaeologists, Woods will use rebreather technology, which recycles unused oxygen from each breath, allowing one to stay down longer. This will enable the team to survey the site extensively in a world first.
The team will also use “James Bond style propellers” to survey the entire seafloor of the 17 nautical mile island for the first time.
Questions waiting to be answered are – what else is down there? Missing pieces of the Antikythera mechanism? Is there another one to be found?
It’s believed dozens of unknown wrecks, ladened with treasures including lost technology, lie at the bottom of this treacherous and popular trade route of ancient times.
Exosuit will enable divers to reach double normal depths during return expedition to wreck that yielded Antikythera mechanism
Agence France-Presse in Athens
theguardian.com, Monday 15 September 2014
Photograph: A reconstruction of Antikythera mechanism. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
Archaeologists began using a revolutionary new deep-sea diving suit on Monday to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found.
The Antikythera mechanism – a 2nd-century BC device known as the world's oldest computer – was discovered by sponge divers at the turn of the 20th century off a remote island in the Aegean.
The complex device of up to 40 bronze cogs and gears was used by the ancient Greeks to track the cycles of the solar system. It took another 1,500 years for an astrological clock of similar sophistication to be made in Europe.
Returning to the wreck, archaeologists will be using a new diving suit that enables them to dive to more than double the depth they can usually go, and stay safely at the bottom for longer.
The Exosuit, built in Canada by Nuytco Research, will allow divers to reach depths of 150 metres (492ft) and still perform delicate tasks, says the archaeologist Theotokis Theodoulou.
The suit, which resembles a puffy space suit, "expands our capabilities", he told AFP as the research team set off for a month-long expedition to Antikythera, which lies between Crete and the Peloponnese.
"I'll be able to grasp, pluck, clench and dig … for several hours," he added.
Archaeologists believe many other artefacts are yet to be discovered in and around the wreck. Up to now they have only been able to operate at a depth of 60 metres.
The Antikythera mechanism was found along with a spectacular bronze statue of a youth in the wreck of a cargo ship apparently carrying booty to Rome.
"We have good signs that there are other objects present," said Angeliki Simosi, the head of Greece's directorate of underwater antiquities, after exploratory dives in the area in 2012 and 2013.
"There are dozens of items left, this was a ship bearing immense riches from Asia Minor," added Dimitris Kourkoumelis, another archaeologist on the team.
The archaeologists also hope to confirm the presence of a second ship, though to be lying about 250 metres away from the original discovery site.
Antikythera, which now has a population of only 44, was on one of antiquity's busiest trade routes, and a base for Cilician pirates, some of whom once captured and held the young Julius Caesar for ransom. He later had them all captured and crucified.
The Greek team is being assisted by Brendan Foley, a marine archaeologist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at Massachusetts in the US, which was involved in a dive to the wreck of the Titanic. He has helped with outings to identify ancient shipwrecks over the past five years.
"We may find one or more monumental statues that were left behind in 1901, in the mistaken belief that they were rocks," Foley said.
As well as the Exosuit, the Antikythera expedition will also use robot mapping equipment and new advanced closed-circuit "rebreathers", which will allow divers much more time underwater.
"We will have more bottom time than any previous human visitors to the site, because we dive with mixed gas rebreathers," the expedition's website says.
"Each diver will have more than 30 minutes of bottom time per day, and will enjoy greater mental acuity and a larger safety margin than that of previous divers at Antikythera."
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Kythera Photographic Encounters 2014 featured in Fotografos magazine, September 2014.
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"ANASSA" - in Greek, meaning, a sharp intake of breath. This being the effect of all upon first entering this much loved home.
Villa Anassa: a unique stone built home of 207m2 with a further cottage of 40m2 on a plot of approximately 4.000m2 situated on the enchanted island of Kythera in the quiet hilltop village of Gerakari at the edge of a forest.
The property is designed and built with a high aesthetic regard and rigorous design integrity with great attention to detail.
Offering truly spectacular views of the Aegean Sea towards the NE and SW coasts. Set in beautiful surrounds with landscaped gardens, fruit tree's, vegetable plot and vineyard.
The main house, completed in 2009, comprises of 207m2, and is built over 2 levels, with large living areas enjoying stunning views to all sides. Views in particular towards the NW overlooking the Aegean sea towards the Southern Peloponnese are truly breathtaking!
On the ground floor, the entrance hall leads to a large stone vaulted lounge decorated in a rich a Venetian style (a nod the islands history of Venetian occupation). From the entrance hall we one has access to the downstairs bathroom and WC and further to the large fully equipped kitchen diner with fire-place, range cooker (electric hob, gas oven).
Two French doors off the kitchen lead to a charming enclosed, walled courtyard with traditional built wood burning oven "fourno", a magnificent set-in "Byzantine" marble table for el Fresco dining" and access to a roof terrace. The courtyard also leads to a separate small bedroom and bathroom en-suite with built-in wardrobes.
From the main entrance hall, stairs lead up to the first floor landing and directly into a large office / studio (or children's bedroom) flooded with light with views to the NE and SW coasts with a "Juliette" balcony overlooking views to the SW coast. The office leads to a large roof terrace with sweeping views all around. The first floor landing leads to the main bedroom en-suite - large and airy with very high ceilings with exposed traditional wooden beam construction and wooden floors. The bedroom with two "Juliette" balconies, (one overlooking the spectacular NE view, the other overlooking the courtyard), leads off to a dressing room (with floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes) and an indulgent bathroom on-suite with large "Roman" bath, shower, WC, bidet and twin his and hers basins.
Next to the main house is a self contained "Byzantine chapel", an exposed stone cottage comprising of lounge, kitchen, bathroom and mezzanine bedroom. The cottage enjoys private verandas with sea views to the NE and garden views to the SW.
Both house and cottage enjos many outdoor living areas offering many private seating and el fresco dining options to chose from.
The property benefits from fuel fired central heating with beautiful "antique" cast-iron radiators.
Airconditioning (hot/cold) fitted to lounge, bedroom, courtyard suite and the cottage.
Furniture, carpets, antique mirrors, marble items and art-works are negotiable.
Several beaches are accessible within 15 to 20 minutes drive from Villa Anassa and the main commercial town of Potamos with all necessary amenities is only a 10 minute drive from the house. The new hospital, just outside Potamos is about 15 minutes from the house.
GETTING HERE via Kythira airport with flights from Athens, Irakleaon, Corfu, and Kefalonia.
Ferry boats from Pireous, Neapolis (Peloponnese), Githio (Peloponnese) and Kalamata.
Priced to sell at €780 000.00
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Andrew P. Sourry & his daughter, Marika A. Leibrandt (Sourry), Parkes. 22.11.08.
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