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Asea Valley, Arcadia (1936–1938, 1994–1996, 1997, 2000–2012)

Published: 04/06/2020

<p>Fig. 1: Map showing the site of Asea and with the line of the Late Classical and Hellenistic fortifications marked in red (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map showing the site of Asea and with the line of the Late Classical and Hellenistic fortifications marked in red (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

The Asea valley is located between the ancient cities of Tegea and Megalopolis in the central Peloponnese. The city of Asea itself, an independent polis between the 6th and 3rd century BC, was located on and around the conspicuous Paleokastro hill at the heart of the valley. The location of the valley is important as it acted as a “main” thoroughfare between Corinthia and the Argolid in the east, and Olympia in the west, during prehistoric and ancient times. Due to few mentions in ancient literature, Asea is mainly known through the archaeological evidence.

Makrakomi, Phthiotis (2010–2015)

Published: 02/06/2020

<p>Fig. 1: Map over the site of Makrakomi (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map over the site of Makrakomi (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

Between 2010 and 2015 the Makrakomi Archaeological Landscapes Project (MALP) conducted fieldwork around the village of Makrakomi in the Spercheios valley, located in the western part of Phthiotis (central Greece). Limited by tall mountains in the south, north and west, the valley and its homonymous river stretches towards the Malian gulf in the east. Due to its position, the valley has acted as a border zone between northern and southern Greece, as well as a natural passage for both armies and travellers. This made the valley increasingly important during the Late Classical and Hellenistic period as armies marched across Greece more frequently following the rise of Macedonia.

Berbati valley, Argolid (1935–1938, 1953, 1959, 1988–1990, 1994–1995, 1997, 1999)

Published: 30/06/2020

<p>Fig. 1: Map over prominent sites in the Berbati, Limnes and Miyio valleys (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map over prominent sites in the Berbati, Limnes and Miyio valleys (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

Swedish archaeologists have conducted fieldwork in and around the Berbati valley in the Argolid on the Peloponnese since the 1930s. Initially work was focused on excavations in the western part of the Berbati valley itself, but later the investigations came to incorporate also the Limnes and Miyio valleys located to the east. The investigated area is encircled by tall mountains and clearly delimited from its surroundings. To the south, over the mountain ridge of Euboia lies the plain of Argolis and to the west Mycenae is reachable through a pass between the mountains Zara and Profitis Elias. To the north and over the Psili Rachi lies the valley of Ayonori while the area to the east of the Limnes and Miyio valleys is dominated by tall mountains. Due to the location between Corinth and the Argolid, the three valleys have been described as a border region, dominated by one or the other of the two cities throughout the millennia.

Kastelli hill, Chania (1969–2014)

Published: 30/06/2020

<p>Fig. 1: Map over the site of Chania with site indicated (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map over the site of Chania with site indicated (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

The archaeological site of Agia Aikaterini square is located on the Kastelli hill in Chania, Crete, close to the harbour of the old town. Continuous human habitation from Neolithic times until today has been identified here, a period of about 5000 years, interrupted only between the end of the Bronze Age and the Late Geometric Period (c. 1150–735 BC). The site of the Late Minoan period may be identical with Kydonia, a place known from Linear B tablets. Besides uncovering an impressive urban settlement, the excavations at Chania have been important for two particular reasons. Firstly, they were the first to firmly identify an important Minoan centre on western Crete. Previously it had been believed that Minoan influence was limited the east half of the island. Secondly, the five Linear B tablets discovered in 1989–1990 were the only ones found outside of Knossos since the beginning of the 20th century.

Aphidna, Attica (1894)

Published: 23/06/2020

<p>Fig. 1: Map over the site of Aphidna (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map over the site of Aphidna (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

The ancient site of Aphidna is found just east of Kosmothea in north-east Attica, close to the plain of Marathon. A Classical fortification is situated on the Kotroni hill, while the Charadra stream is located just below and to the south-west with a Middle Bronze Age tumulus on the southern side. A second stream, the Varnavas, flows about 1.5 km to the east. In the late 19th century both rivers emptied into Lake Marathon c. 2.5 km away; today, the landscape has been radically changed as a dam has increased the size of the lake almost to the Kotroni hill.

Paradeisos, Thrace (1976)

Published: 23/06/2020

<p>Fig. 1: Map over the site of Paradeisos (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map over the site of Paradeisos (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

Located in the modern region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in northern Greece, Paradeisos is situated on a flat hilltop at the west bank of the river Nestos. Today the site is known as Klisi Tepe (a Turkish rendering of the Greek word for church, ekklisia and the word for hill) after the ruin of a Byzantine church on top of it. Just to the north of the hill the Rhodopes mountains rise sharply, while to the south the river has created a large plain, extending 30 km towards the Aegean. In the past the settlement was probably situated much closer to the coastline, which has since expanded. The location is clearly of great strategic importance as the Via Egnatia has crossed the river here at least since Hellenistic times, presumably following an even earlier stretch.

Job vacancy for a Librarian at the Nordic Library at Athens

Published: 16/06/2020

Det Nordiske Biblioteket i Athen er et fagbibliotek for arkeologi og antikkens kultur. Biblioteket drives av de fire nordiske instituttene i Athen og inneholder litteratur først og fremst innenfor klassisk arkeologi, historie og filologi. Samlingene består av cirka 40 000 bind. Biblioteket ligger i distriktet Makrigianni sentralt i Athen, i nærheten av de nordiske instituttene. Biblioteket ledes av et styre bestående av direktørene for de fire nordiske instituttene. Biblioteket drives av to ansatte, hvorav en er administrativt ansatt og en er bibliotekar. Biblioteket anvendes først og fremst av forskere og studenter fra Norden, Hellas og andre land. Det finnes 33 studieplasser på biblioteket.

PRAGMATA-COMMON GROUND

Published: 12/06/2020

Common Ground is a project that unites the Swedish Institutes in Athens, Istanbul and Rome in the creation of a joint digital platform for Swedish archaeological research in the Mediterranean.

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