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Photos of the Palace of Odysseus at Ithaca

Below is a series of recent photos from the excavations at Ayios Athanasios in Ithaca, identified by Greek archaeologists as the palace of Odysseus. The site is believed to be a large Mycenaean palatial building complex occupying two levels. A stairway cut into the solid bedrock of the hill provided easy access to the two levels. Other finds on the site include a funerary enclosure, a large circular structure whose purpose is unknown, several storerooms and workshops, a sophisticated drainage system and an underground cistern. The complex is believed to date to around 1300 BCE. The excavations are currently on hold owing to a lack of funding from the Greek government.

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Sources: Ithaca Friends of Homer Association & Best News [August 30, 2010]


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