In the beautiful mountain village of Geraki in Lakonia, the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have a long-running, very interesting fieldwork project. This year, material from the Early- and Middle Helladic periods were studied. Mieke Prent, Joost Crouwel (arriving later) and Els Hom coordinate a small team comprising the students Rosa Feenstra and Susanne Strijbis. Ayla Krijnen started her PhD research this year on exactly this material, and visited the site for the first time during this campaign.
Fieldwork and study at Halos (near Almyros), Thessaly. The Universities of Groningen and Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Greek colleagues of the Ephorate of Thessaly, have been studying Halos and its surroundings for decades. The field survey, done mainly in the nineties, is being rewalked to see if anything has changed, and to check if new methods and fresh eyes give different interpretations. In the apothiki in Almyros, a team is working through the sherds from last year’s test trenches at the Magoula Plataniótiki. These excavations showed interesting walls, and even a podium of a monumental building, but the stratigraphy was very complicated. The study of the finds will help to clarify the chronology of the site, which may well be the Classical polis of Halos.
The Ancient Cities of Boeotia project of John Bintliff, Leiden University, descends from the Boeotia Project, started in 1978 by Anthony Snodgrass and John Bintliff (Cambridge and Bradford at the time). More than 35 years of field-walking, collecting sherds, noting features and scanning the ground with and a wide gamut of technologies have resulted in a far better understanding of the workings of cities and hinterland in this central area of Greece. The project also filled up the storerooms with hundreds of thousands of sherds and other artifacts.
The last years, not a sherd was collected. All effort went into (re)studying the pottery and other finds. This season, Vladimir Stissi of the University of Amsterdam was working hard on the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic pottery, while Philip Bes, assisted by Dean Peeters, tried to make sense of the Roman stuff. A team of Eastern Atlas generated insight into the make-up of Koroneia by non-destructive methods such as ground-radar. Also, Bart Noordervliet and Janneke van Zwienen catalogued and photographed some 1600 architectural pieces from the city of Hyettos, assisted by Leiden students.
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