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by Archaeology Newsroom

Restoration and preservation of the archaeological site of Mycenae in the years 2004 to 2007

Since 2000 a project of decisive intervention has been carried out on the acropolis of Mycenae, the prevailing objective of which is the consolidation, preservation and promotion of its monuments and at the same time the effective management of the archaeological site where both monuments and visitors are concerned. Given that a great number of important antiquities have been uncovered during the one-hundred-and-thirty years of continuous excavation, the imperative need for their protection and preservation had already emerged in the past century. Indisputably, the most important work carried out in the archaeological site of Mycenae has been the new marking out and formation of a defined network of routes and stops.Through this new marking out of the site,both protection of the monuments and of the visitors has been achieved, and thus the archaeological ruins are not anymore plagued by the visitors’ over stepping, the latter avoid any physical harm while touring the site, and individuals with kinetic disabilities have access to the acropolis and its grounds. Furthermore, the archaeological site has been connected with the new Museum of Mycenae through the Northern Entrance, appropriate works have provided satisfactory accommodation for visitors, while the posted bilingual tablets supply them with sufficient information on the site.A great priority and major concern throughout the realization of this project was the consolidation and restoration of the acropolis’ building complexes and extensive repointing of the masonry of the Southwest and North Quarters, House of Columns, Artisans Quarter, Granary and, naturally,of the acropolis. The doubling of the number of visitors in the last three years confirms the success of the overall project.