Ancient theatre in southern Crete to be excavated
|The site where the ancient theatre of Hierapetra is located [Credit: Archaiologia Online]|
In 1980 there has been a small scale rescue excavation at the site by the 24th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. Traces of Roman buildings have been detected, three statues and an inscription. A geophysical prospecting made in 2010 offered indications on the existence of an elliptical theatre, architectural structures and streets.
In the context of the project “Excavating the ancient theatre of Hierapetra” deforestation, surface cleaning and localization of the theatre by trial incisions will take place. It will follow the excavation and the full revelation of the monument.
Funding will be provided by the Hierapetra Municipality, the project will be materialized by the 24th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and it will last 18 months.
Source: Archaiologia Online [January 11, 2013]