A.G. Leventis Foundation

Conservation of Cultural Heritage

St Nicholas, Agridi, Achaia

The church of St Nicholas in Agridi is a significant Byzantine monument built in a location of particular natural beauty in the Peloponnese. The church, decorated with exceptional wall-paintings dating to the late 13th century and to the 18th century, was severally damaged in the earthquake of 2008. The Foundation has supported a two-year restoration programme, conducted and staffed by the 6th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of Patras. The project includes consolidation and restoration of the building, as well as conservation and aesthetic restoration of the mural decoration. In 2012 restoration teams focused on the first phase of conservation of the frescoes and on the structural consolidation of both the vaults and the roof of the church. Upon completion of the project, the church will be open to visitors and pilgrims.

 

Lefkandi–Xeropolis Excavation Project, Euboea

Lefkandi was a key site in the Aegean during both the Bronze and Iron Ages. The recent excavations conducted by Professor Irene S. Lemos have contributed important information to the history of the site from the end of the Mycenaean palatial era to its abandonment (1200-700 BC). In the middle of the ancient tell, a city wall has been discovered, as well as a ritual area located nearby. Continuity of occupation from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age has been established in the eastern part of Xeropolis, where a large building (the ‘Megaron’) was excavated. The excavation at Lefkandi has done much to illuminate a relatively little-understood but very important period in the development of a Greek city-state. In the excavation and study seasons at Lefkandi, the participation and training of students is one of the most important aspects of the current project, as is the preservation and protection of the site for future generations.

 

The Gazetteer of Medieval Cyprus – King’s College, London

Supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the Gazetteer of Medieval Cyprus will provide archaeologists and historians studying Byzantine Cyprus, from the end of Late Antiquity to the period of the Crusades, with a freely available set of online resources, materials and databases. Researchers can then add their results to the Gazetteer, thus building on the accumulated knowledge for the benefit of others. Its aim is to present those with an interest in Cyprus with a fuller rendition of half a millennium of the island’s history in all its complexity.

 

IOSPE Project: Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea – King’s College, London

The aim of this project, which was launched on 27 October 2011 at King’s College, London, is to make the record of ancient inscriptions from the Northern Black Sea widely available to international researchers and non-specialists. The project team includes researchers from Russia and the UK. Over 4000 ancient, predominantly Greek, inscriptions are being studied and published online and in print. The data covers the period from c. 600BC to 1400 CE. The work on the first collection, ‘Byzantine Inscriptions’, is to be completed by the end of 2012. The work on the second collection, ‘Inscriptions of Chersonesos’, begins in January 2013.

 

 

 

 

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