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A Temple-Shaped Building Could be Part of Poseidon Sanctuary

ATHENS – The remains of a temple-shaped building that could be the sanctuary of Poseidon were found in the first excavation period of a five-year research program (years 2022-2026), at Kleidi, Samikos, on the west coast of the Peloponnese.

During the excavation work completed at the end of September, part of the foundation of a large building, 9.40 meters wide, the walls of which are 0.80 meters wide, was revealed. The elongated temple-shaped building probably belonged to the sanctuary of Poseidon and may even be identified as the temple of the god.

Combined with the laconic-type tiling at the site, the discovery of part of a marble water basin (perrirhanterion) leads archaeologists to tentatively date the building to the Archaic period.

The aim of the five-year research program is to investigate the topography of the area and identify the sanctuary of Poseidon and the port of Samiko. It is a collaboration between the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia headed by Dr. Erofili Kollia and the Austrian Archaeological Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences headed by Dr. Birgitta Eder.

(Photo by MINISTRY OF CULTURE/EUROKINISSI)

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