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The forgotten pioneer: Valerios Stais and his research in Kythera, Antikythera and Thessaly

Trimmis, Konstantinos Prokopios ORCID: 2016. The forgotten pioneer: Valerios Stais and his research in Kythera, Antikythera and Thessaly. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 26 (1) , 10. 10.5334/bha-558

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Kytherian Valerios Stais is widely recognised for his efforts as a curator of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and as the first excavator of the temple of Poseidon at Sounio, Attica, Greece. Even though there are two published biographies of Stais, one appearing after his death 1923 and the other in 1992, the rest of his work on the Antikythera mechanism and the prehistory of Thessaly is largely forgotten today. In this paper, the lifelong achievements of Valerios Stais are presented and a special focus has been given on the importance of his pioneering work on the acropoleis of Sesklo and Dimini and the recognition of the unique technological achievement represented by the Antikythera mechanism. In evaluating Stais’s achievements, we meet a persona with a unique influence on the formation of modern Greek archaeology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DF Greece
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kythera, History of Greek Archaeology, Thessaly, Antikythera, Stais
Publisher: University College London
ISSN: 2047-6930
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 December 2016
Date of Acceptance: 29 November 2016
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 09:52

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