The NIA is responsible for the Dutch archaeological fieldwork in Greece. Therefore I visited the surveys, excavations and material campaigns of 2014. For the one-but-last I went by bus and boat to Southern Evvia, to the site of Plakari near Karystos.
Plakari is a hilltop settlement and sanctuary, with a magnificent view over a valley, natural harbours, and a wide stretch of sea with a scattering of distant coastlines. It is situated near Karystos in the south of the island of Evvia (Euboea). A team of the VU University Amsterdam/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Greek 11th Ephorate under the direction of Jan Paul Crielaard and Maria Kosma is presently excavating the site.
This convenient and breezy place was already occupied in the Final Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (3500-2000 BCE). In the Middle and Late Bronze Age, the site seems to have been unoccupied, to flourish again as a sanctuary and settlement from the early Iron Age on (11th-10th century BCE). The first finds, a few years ago, were part of a very rich Iron Age and Archaic votive deposit, situated on the hill side. This season, several structures are being uncovered to get a clearer picture of the development and significance of the cult site. Was it a local site of worship, or did the gifts come from a wider area? More generally, what was the place of Plakari in the network of Aegean connections throughout the ages? These, and other, questions are addressed in this very interesting NIA project.
Posted by Winfred van de Put