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Ancient theatre discovered on the island of Lefkada


Archaeological excavations on the Ionian island of Lefkada have brought to light a previously undiscovered and sizeable ancient theatre, the culture minister announced on Wednesday. It said the find was made on Koulmou hill toward the end of 2015.

Ancient theatre discovered on the island of Lefkada
Seats of the theatre on the “Koulmos” hill [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
Test 'sections' were cut in an area on the northeast flank of Koulmou's middle hill, which forms an amphitheatrical downward hollow ending in a lengthy flat section, the ministry announcement said.

Ancient theatre discovered on the island of Lefkada
Part of the retaining wall of the koilon [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
It noted that archaeologists knew very little about the city's ancient theatre, which was not mentioned in any ancient sources, though the logs of an early 20th-century archaeological excavation under the direction of German archaeologist Ε. Κrüger, lasting only a few days, recorded the discovery of signs indicating the presence of an ancient theatre.

Ancient theatre discovered on the island of Lefkada
Part of the theatre's orchestra [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The Aitoloakarnania and Lefkada Antiquities Ephorate dug sections in 13 places, which confirmed the existence of the theatre and uncovered rows of seats, parts of the orchestra and some of the retaining walls for the stage and other parts of the theatre.

Ancient theatre discovered on the island of Lefkada
Elongated retaining wall north of the theatre [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The ministry said that six sections revealed seats carved from the rock, about 0.73 to 0.90 metres deep and 0.22-0.33 metres high. Others found the orchestra and a section of a wall in a quadrant plan, up to 0.6 metres across. The sections also found portions of retaining walls.

Ancient theatre discovered on the island of Lefkada
The location of the theatre on Koulmou hill [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The culture ministry said that continuing the excavation in order to reveal and protect the monument will be a priority for the ministry's services, adding that the Lefkada Municipality and Ionian Islands Regional Authority have both supported the work.

Source: ANA-MPA [January 20, 2016]
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