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The summer of 2018 saw the Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project [SNAP] begin to segue from excavation to study mode, with a far smaller number of active trenches, and a greater emphasis placed on documentation, sampling and analyses of the finds. This was the fourth season of our digging at this important early prehistoric stone tool manufacturing site and chert source on the island’s northwest coast, the project co-directed by Dr. Tristan Carter (Associate Professor, McMaster University), and Dr. Demetris Athanasoulis (Director, Cycladic Ephorate of Antiquities).

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83-07-025 Brescia/Brixia, general view and details of the front of the Capitolium overlooking the forum

Brescia/Brixia, general view and details of the front of the Capitolium overlooking the forum (Professor Fred Winter, 1983)

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Dinner at Zorbas, 9 pm, Saturday, in the Plaka in Athens. There can’t be a better way to start a course than this. While the students sit down, the waiters greet my wife (and colleague) Margriet Haagsma like the old friend she is. We used to come ahere regularly in the 1990s, when we lived in Athens, and every year since 2004 Margriet has introduced her students here to Greek food at its best, before driving up to Thessaly with them for her annual archaeological field school at Kastro Kallithea, near Pharsalos.

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