The Laurion


Cistern in the Laurion © David Gill

One of the most evocative ‘industrial’ landscapes can be found in the Laurion in southern Attica, Greece. This area contained a series of mines and related ore-processing workshops that generated so much of the wealth for the city of Athens in the fifth century BC. Huge cisterns collected large volumes of water used in the processes. Some of the mine shafts and working areas can be seen in the deme-centre of Thorikos, while others are located in the surrounding hills.


Laurion (2002)

The ‘Archaeological Receipts Fund’ have produced a short colour guide to the area that contains maps, photographs and plans as well as descriptions of the locations. Part of the guide is dedicated to the Museum of the Laurion as well as the 19th century  mine workings.


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