On Thursday morning, a significant number of archaeological artifacts were discovered in a forested area of the Parnitha National Park, a densely forested mountain range north of Athens.
Among the finds were lamps, pottery, and bronze figurines. Greek media reported on the list of finds but few details have been given on precisely what period they date to.
Historically, Parnitha marked the boundary between the mainland territories of ancient Athens and Boeotia. The new archaeological finds may help to shed further light on the history of the Parnitha area, which is already notable for its outstanding natural beauty.
Archaeological finds in Parnitha
The items of antique interest were discovered on Thursday morning and subsequently transferred to the care of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Western Attica where they will undergo further examination.
The Ephorate of Antiquities has already revealed that some of the finds fall within the bounds of the Antiquities Protection Law, whereas others require closer study.
A statement was released saying “The Department of Cultural Heritage and Antiquities of the Attica Security Directorate, following the utilization of information, collected ancient objects that were found in the morning hours of 6-15-2023 in a forest area of Parnitha”.
Listing the finds
A list of the archaeological items located in Parnitha was reported by the Greek media, although scant details have been made available relating to their date or origin.
From the photo that has been posted online, some of the pottery finds appear to have been painted in the black and red-figure pottery styles popular in ancient Greece from the late 6th to the late 4th century BC.
Four items have been assigned to the protection of cultural heritage and have been identified as objects of great historical and archaeological value are:
- A lamp 11-cm long,
- A Corinthian aryballos 6-cm high
- A section of a preserved clay spice jar 8.5-cm high
- A spindle-shaped section of a preserved 11.5-cm tall spice jar
A large number of other archaeological items were also discovered in Parnitha and await further examination to determine their status. These include:
- Lamp with a diameter of -15.5- centimeters
- Two-way amphora with a height of -13- centimeters
- A black-shaped lekythos with a height of -33- centimeters
- A trefoil-mouthed oinochoe with a height of -15- centimeters
- A vase with a height of -31- centimeters
- A pedestal with a height of -8 – centimeters
- Bronze figurine of a male figure -10- centimeters tall
- Bronze figurine of a female figure -20- centimeters tall
- Bronze figurine of an amphora -6- centimeters tall
- Bronze figurine of a female figure -9- centimeters tall
- Bronze figurine of a female figure -12- centimeters high
- Bronze effigy of a wheel with a diameter of -7.5- centimeters
- Bronze figurine of a cow -11- centimeters long
- Bronze figurine of a female figure holding a baby -9 cm high
- Clay female head -8- cm high
- Lamp -10.5- cm long
- Vase -12- cm high
- Lamp with base diameter -8.5- cm