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Keywords:

  • AKROTIRI;
  • THERA;
  • AEGEAN SEA;
  • BRONZE AGE WALL-PAINTINGS;
  • PATTERN RECOGNITION;
  • CURVE FITTING;
  • ORIGINS OF GEOMETRY

This paper studies a set of wall-paintings of the Late Bronze Age (c. 1650 bc) initially decorating the internal walls of the third floor of the edifice called ‘Xeste 3’, excavated at Akrotiri, Thera, whose restoration is now in progress. It deals with the methods used for the drawing of the geometrical figures appearing in these wall-paintings. It is demonstrated that most of the depicted configurations correspond with accuracy to geometrical prototypes such as linear spirals and canonical polygons. It is pointed out that the steady lines of the figures, their remarkable repeatability, the precision of the geometrical shapes and their even distribution in the wall-paintings indicate a very distinctive use of the ‘Xeste 3’ third floor, which is now investigated.