The Akrotiri Ruins In Santorini: Know Before You Go

Life in the urban centre of Akrotiri was marked by their connection to the sea and trade. 

Akrotiri was primarily a fishing and farming village. The people cultivated grains such as wheat, barley, legumes as well as olives, and wines. They primarily traded in wine, metals and volcanic rock.

The houses, which were usually two or three stories high, were made from stone and mud, with balconies, underfloor heating, hot and cold running water and an elaborate plumbing and drainage system. There were no palaces, like in Minoan Crete, and it is believed they run a democratic and egalitarian society with no social hierarchies.

They did, however, project social status and a higher standard of living with art and decorations. It is incredible that there has been not one house or building discovered that does not include elaborate wall paintings.

The wealth and quality of the murals, in addition to the all the other findings, signify this was an affluent society that was able to endorse and finance artistic talent. 

“Any archaeologist who delves into the ruins

of the town has the feeling that he is witnessing the history

of a consumer society.”


Christos Doumas, Professor Emeritus University of Athens, Director of the Akrotiri Archaeological Excavations

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