Completion of the first stage of the “Ancient Quarries of Paros – stability and accessibility of underground tunnels” program

Completion of the first stage of the “Ancient Quarries of Paros – stability and accessibility of underground tunnels” program

On July 10th 2023, the first stage of the funded program “Ancient Quarries of Paros – Stability and accessibility of underground tunnels” was completed (implementing organization AMKE “Park of Ancient Paros Marble Quarries”), with the submission of the relevant Technical Autopsy Report. The autopsy was carried out at the Ancient Marble Quarries of Paros in Marathi (Nymphon Quarry, Panos Quarry) on May 31st and June 1st , 2023 by the project study team (D. Englezos, Th. Kontizas, M. Tzannidakis) led by Mr. Sp. Mitrogiannis, in the presence of the guard of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, Mr. M. Barbaris. The Report was composed based on the team’s findings as well as the conclusions of the relevant meeting that took place at the offices of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades on June 22nd , with the participation of Dr. D. Athanasoulis, Director of the Ephorate, Ms. Z. Papadopoulou and Mr. I. Mitsoulis, Heads of Department, Ms. El. Kalavria, Department’s Archaeologist, Dr. D. Englezos, researcher, and Dr. V. Marinos, professor at NTUA.

The purpose of the autopsy was to identify the high-risk areas at the entrances but also inside the tunnels, in which the implementation of immediate rescue interventions is required.

The 111 pages of the Report, enriched with visual documentation of 174 images, present in detail the problems that exist in relation to the stability of the rock mass and the retaining walls inside the tunnels as well as on the slopes of these fronts. The Report also includes the researchers’ proposals for the next stage of the program, which consists of a study on the implementation of protection measures and a pilot design of the instrumental monitoring of the front of the south tunnel of the Nymphon quarry and the first 5-10 meters of the tunnel, where the relief of the Nymphs is also located , as well as a proposal for the instrumental monitoring of the southern branch of the Nymphon quarry.