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Salamis OUR Greek Island
"Greece should be starring for Culture, this is the heritage, this property is lost if we do nothing" Melina Mercouri
Old Salamis - Ambelakia harbor
New Archaeological Fieldwork at Ambelakia Bay,
Salamis Island, Greece
in concept an international call for help
The Archaeological fieldwork at Ambelakia bay project:
- During the past 2500 years very little archaeological research has been done on this part of the island of Salamis and especially not around the old Salamis harbor, also called Ambelakia harbor. Ambelakia harbor was very important in history because of the famous Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C. (see annex 3+4).
This battle changed the culture, democracy and economy of all of Europe.
- The people of Salamis have become much more conscious of their past in the last 25 years and many of them support this project and like to help in practical ways.
What we did already tin 2015 and 2016:
In a close collaboration of Prof. Boris Rankov, Erik Rörsch and Jari Pakkanen an application was made to start dry archeological research at Ambelakia (map in annex). Thanks to the cooperative Ephoraat the necessary permits were granted in March of 2016. Two parts of research have already been done, a description what was done you will find below and the first practical results you will find in annex.
The financing for this year was entirely arranged by the Finnish Institute itself, however for the next 4 to 25 years more financing from different sources will be needed. For 2017 a basic financing was found, but more is needed soon.
Next to the on going non-destructive research there will be further excavations. These will start again in 2017. We will need around € 120.000 at least for each of the following 4 years. How much financing is needed the years thereafter depends on the actual results of these excavations. A budget can be presented.
All received donations will go directly to the Finnish Institute to be used only for this project.
Meanwhile permits were also granted for the wet research within Ambelakia bay. This research will be executed by Prof. Yannis Lolos and his team, they started in the fall of 2016, with interesting results.
Jari Pakkanen, the director of the Finnish institute, is of course interested in giving a complete presentation in person, if expenses are fully paid for, almost anywhere in the world.
What do the sponsors en dona-tors get out of this:
1. the satisfaction of being helpful to re-discover the past of Ambelakia, Salamis and Greece.
2. being proud of helping Salamis and Greek history to come alive again and better understood.
3. publicity if you wish on the different websites and publications.
-it would be great to be able to create an informative lively interactive archeological park at this location, were people can walk in between the locations which have been excavated already and learn how people lived.
- And a new very special museum will be needed within 6-8 years to hold and conserve all what was and will be found.
For both we are also looking for financing. These plans should be realized under an independent non-profit foundation, We will call it the Ambelakia-Salamis Historic non-profit Foundation, with an international group of board members.
What do the sponsors en donators get out of this:
4. their name mentioned on the museum wall, or maybe even your name on the museum itself?
5. all of the above mentioned points 1-3.
We are planning a meeting at the actual location in Ambelakia with a selected group of people, to take a private tour of the fieldwork by Jari Pakkanen (Finnish Institute/University of London) or his colleague Ann Brysant (University of Leiden). Please contact us by email or phone if you wish to join us.
1. Summary of Jari Pakkanen, March - June 2016
2. Summary of A.Sarris
3. Pictures and the maps
For more information, please contact via email:
J.Pakkanen@rhul.ac.uk MakAthens, Zitrou 16, 117 42, Greece, phone: +30 21 0922 1152
www.finninstitute.gr/en and www.facebook.com/Finnish-Institute-at-Athens-121278097884226/
or Erik Rörsch (English, German, Dutch) +316 24 24 22 24
The Archaeological park at Ambelakia bay project:
- During the past 2500 years very little archaeological research has been done on the island of Salamis and especially not around the old Salamis harbor. The Salamis harbor was very important in history because of the famous Battle of Salamis in 480 before Christ (see annex). This battle changed the culture and economy of all of Europe.
- The people of Salamis have become much more conscious of their past in the last 5 years (see quotes below).
-The current mayor, Mrs. Roula Nannou, is also very much aware of the past and its importance for the future.
- A new cooperation agreement has been signed in 2011 between the original 23 municipalities involved in the battle. They all would like to see a proper research done, as it is also of importance to them.
The company of Erik Rörsch & Partners was invited at the end of January 2012 by the municipality to visit the island. One of the items discussed was the possibility of creating cultural, educational environmental friendly, tourism, related interesting projects and creating an organization for tourism for the Island as a whole.
New archaeological research on all of the island will be a major part of the plans, to start with Old Salamis Harbor.
One of the questions asked by the Mayor was if it would be possible to find an international organization and sufficient funding to start the archaeological research in and around the properties of the Old Salamis Harbor.
Part of the property next to the harbor has not been built on and can be used and entered immediately, it also has proper roads leading to the property.
When the research has started the municipality is also willing to create an educational center.
We hereby kindly request your help in finding the appropriate organizations for the archaeological research as well as their funding.
What we expect to find also:
A trireme (hopefully without the crew):
Above two pictures were provided by R.S.Kok -Leiden, The Netherlands, one of the volunteer rowers!