Specifically, the archaeologist Xenia Arapogianni who is in charge of the excavations said: “The significance of the revelation and the existence of an ancient theatre are enormous for the region as well. Great boost will be given not only to this area but to the Municipality of Kalamata and the whole area, as well. It will be a great prominence of this place with great developments in the future”.
Referring to the excavation that took place this summer at the ancient theatre, she said: “It went very well with significant and impressive results, as the whole orchestra of the ancient theatre was revealed with all the first row of seats. Now we can have a very typical and impressive picture of the ancient theatre.”
This year, 3 archaeologists, 9 workers and an architect worked together.
Regarding the next goal, she said that “we want to be able to continue the excavation in order to give the largest possible part to the public and then to begin the study of the restoration and then, of course, the restoration itself”.
As for the funding of the excavation, according to Mrs. Arapogianni, it mainly comes from the George and Victoria Karelia Foundation, as well as from the Municipality of Kalamata, the “Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos” Foundation, as well as from the Region of the Peloponnese, which contributes to the improvement of the image of the ancient places, mainly in the area where the temple of Asclepious was.
The important contribution of all members of the Friends of Ancient Thouria and the Art Treasure Service of Messinia was highlighted.
It should be noted that on the occasion of the completion of this year's excavation period, the Cultural Association of Ariochori organized a small celebration for all those who worked and brought these impressive results.
The feast, with treats, has become an institution. As the president of the Association Pantelis Karampelas said, “it is the least that the Association can do for these people”.
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