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  Nr. 59 - May 2003
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Faros - Paros Expedition

Arriving on Paros on May 4th (weather permitting) is a very special expedition from the island of Hvar in Croatia. Modern Stari Grad (ancient Faros) on Hvar is the oldest town in Croatia and was founded and colonised by Greeks from Paros in 385/4 BC.

Twenty four centuries later, expedition leaders plan to retrace the 700 mile journey taken by the ancient Parian colonists crossing the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas. Departing from Stari Grad/Faros in the historic sailing boat "Besa" on April 26th, they expect the round-trip expedition to take almost a full month.

Once they arrive on Paros a number of activities are planned aimed at restoring links between the two island communities, fostering understanding of each others' lifestyles and promoting cultural exchange. During their week-long stay, the team will present lectures on the history of Hvar and life there today, offering books and publications about the island, posters, videos, handicrafts, and works of art by local artists. There will be a presentation of Hvar cuisine and wines and a ceremonial planting of a Hvar olive tree and vines on Paros. It's also planned to organize a return trip by the people of Paros to Hvar.

The team will sail around Paros in "Besa" calling at Naoussa, Piso Livadi, Logaras, Drios, Pyrgaki, and Aliki, as well as the nearby islands of Antiparos, Despotiko and Saliagos, where the earliest prehistoric remains in the Aegean have been found. They will also visit some of the inland villages, the ancient marble quarries, some of Paros' monasteries, archaeological and historical sites.

Expedition members are archaeologist Branko Kirigin, the leader of the expedition who has already visited Paros several times, Aldo Cavic, director of the Cultural Centre in Stari Grad, Captain Dean Roic, biologist Ante Zuljevic, wine producer Andro Tomic and painter Darko Sosa. A Croatia television crew, led by the famous explorer Stipe Bozic, will accompany them on their trip.

Further information is available at www.stari-grad-faros.hr/expedition or by email from branko.kirigin@st.hinet.hr. For information on the events being organised on Paros, contact Dimitri Schilardi, Director of the Archaeological Institute of Paros, tel: 693-2118150.
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