ISLAND CULTURES IN A DIACHRONIC PERSPECTIVE: THE CASE OF THERASIA

Abstract: 

Therasia is a small island (roughly 4x6 kilometers) once part of the larger volcanic island of Thera (Santorini). Its fate has been inextricably linked to that of Thera, but its individual story has never been told. This is a story of many peculiarities which attracted our attention years ago while working on Thera at the excavation of the prehistoric site of Akrotiri. In 2007 we launched a small-scale yet promising research project involving architects, archaeologists, anthropologists and a volcanologist.

The present proposal is based on the preliminary findings of this project with the aim to complete a full-scale research of the island.

The objective of this multidisciplinary research project is to trace the evolution of the island through time, to investigate its physical potentials and cultural characteristics as well as the impact of human activities on the ever changing landscape. In this context, the perspective is diachronic, from the earliest evidence of human presence to our time. Therasia is ideal for this kind of study because of its small size, its living tradition (the flip-side of its underdevelopment) and its proximity to Thera (nowadays a major international tourist destination). Timing is therefore crucial and presents a rare opportunity to test the concept of insularity as a tool for understanding change and permanence.

This project is of great importance for mapping the past as much as for planning the future of Therasia. The long expected development of the island can only be planned on the basis of a thorough knowledge of its characteristics, particularities and potentials. Both the inhabitants and the local authorities are very much in favor of a sustainable ˜soft type of development that will halt depopulation and desertion, but will also protect Therasia from the catastrophic consequences of uncontrolled, chaotic development plaguing nearby Thera.

Project info

Acronym:
islather
Coordinating Institution:
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Scientific Coordinator:
Palyvou Kallirroi
Research Team 2 Leader:
Tzachili Iris
Research Team 3 Leader:
Sbonias Konstantinos
Research Team 4 Leader:
Sarris Apostolos

Stats

I.D.:
687
Mis:
377272
Duration (months):
48
Budget:
596 240.00
Diavgeia:
ΑΔΑ: Β4ΛΑ9-ΝΩ3

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