submitted by John Fardoulis on 18.11.2010
The Kytherian Research Group Inc. is a registered non-profit incorporated association in the state of NSW, Australia.
We are about uncovering the rich history of Kythera and Antikythera.
Our aim is to help discover and share Kytherian history, heritage and culture. Particularly educating members of the Kytherian Diaspora regarding elements of the island and it's history that they may not have seen or known about.
Aims are to: Engage. Discover. Inspire.
To Engage the community and related parties...
Help Discover exciting new finds, and...
Inspire everyone by sharing knowledge.
Our initial main project involved organising archaeological excavations at Paleokastro, the island's capital for at least 500 years before Christ - which took place in July 2010, helping write a new chapter of ancient history.
In 2011, the scale of projects more than doubled.
Maritime Archaeological research on the Mentor shipwreck was an additional major project in 2011. It was a ship that sank off Kythera in 1802, carrying 17 crates of Parthenon Sculptures.
Even though only formally established in early 2010, other achievements include;
• Opening a walking path to the historic Agios Kosmas church and partnering with the Metropoliti, Bishop Seraphim to organise the first service there in 100+ years
• Opening a walking path to the Agios Yioryios church at Paleokastro and partnering with the Metropoliti, Bishop Seraphim to organise the first service there in decades.
This also opened up access to the suspected location of the Temple of Aphrodite
• Opening a walking path to the Profitis Elias church and partnering with the Metropoliti, Bishop Seraphim to organise the first service there in decades
• Archaeology Month in Kythera, July 2011
• Sanctuary of Asclepius, partial archaeological survey
• Diakofti archaeological excavation
• Paleopoli archaeological rescue excavation
• Partial support of archaeological excavations in Antikythera
• Partial support of archaeological excavations at Leska
• Examination of the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Mikri Dragonara
• Supporting the establishment of a “Friends of the Kytherian Museum” organisation
• Public archaeology presentation in Potamos, 2010 & 2011
• Public archaeology presentation in Avlemonas (jointly organised)
• Public archaeology presentation in Diakofti (jointly organised)
• Public archaeology presentation in Mitata (jointly organised)
• Public archaeology presentation in Chora (2 occasions)
• Public archaeology presentation in Agia Pelagia (jointly organised)
• Public archaeology presentation in Mylopotamos (jointly organised)
• Public archaeology presentation at Sydney University (4 separate occasions)
• Public archaeology presentation in Brisbane (twice)
• Underwater photographic documentation of the Nordland shipwreck off Diakofti
• Discovery of ancient shipwrecks off Kythera
• 2010/2011 History/Archaeology Lecture Series (6 separate events).
• Archive Digitization Project (in the Kastro in Chora)
• Museum Digitization Project, Phase I in creating a Virtual Kytherian Museum
• Unearthing Kythera's early ties to Hellenism - through excavating the buried citadel at Paleokastro - which functioned as the island's major settlement for at least 500 years during antiquity...
Email John Fardoulis to for more information.
One of the main priorities is creating new bodies of work through field research, discovering material that is not 'yet' written in books.
We are the pioneers of new exploration in the field of Kytherian culture and heritage.
In 2010, over 150 volunteers worked on KRG assisted projects.
In 2011, over 200 volunteers have worked on KRG assisted projects.
We want to inspire current generations - particularly youth - in an interesting, active way... and write history for many future generations to learn from.
Even though an independently registered, non-profit organisation, the KRG works closely with the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA).
Donations and fund raising assistance are/is highly appreciated.
Financial assistance isn't just a donation but an investment in new discoveries about your heritage.
Registered Address: 66 Justin Street, Lilyfield, NSW 2040 Australia
Contact Person: John Fardoulis
The Kytherian Research Group has has established 4 individual Kytherian websites...
Organisation Web site: www.krg.org.au
We Dig Kythira, Archaeology Portal: www.krg.org.au/dig
Mentor, Parthenon Marbles Shipwreck Portal: www.krg.org.au/mentor
Kytherian Museum Portal: www.kytherianmuseum.com
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