Lemnian Amazons

Investigations on Lemnos - research campaign 2002

In ancient tradition the island Lemnos (also Limnos) was much connected with the Amazons. The ancients called this island «predominated by women».
Aim of our exploring expedition was to find prehistoric traces which may be connected with the Amazons. Many relics have been discovered and investigated in consideration of our current research results on the Thermodon Amazons in northern Turkey - the classical homeland of the Amazons.
Sunset over the Athos mountain observed from Myrina castle
View from Myrina castle to the mountain Athos on the Greek mainland
Cyclopian wall on the castle of Myrina
Prehistoric wall on the castle of Myrina
Rock-cut buildings on the castle of Myrina
Rock-cut buildings on the castle of Myrina
Sanctuary of Richa Nera
Prehistoric Sanctuary of Richa Nera
The prehistoric sea fortress Ekato Kefalon in Hephaistia
The remains of the prehistoric sea fortress Ekato Kefalon in Hephaistia
Our investigations on Lemnos have increased our knowledge of the Amazons in many respects. We have detected a lot of conformity and concurrence between the Thermodon region - the classical homeland of the Amazons - and Lemnos. Those parallels are so striking that a connection between the Thermodon Amazons and the Lemnian Amazons seems to be indisputable. Furthermore, it is possible that we have discovered the first contemporary representation of an Amazon in a prehistoric rock engraving.

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