Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Andreas Konecny (Institute for Archeology, University of Graz), “Plataiai – A 'Forgotten' Polis”
Except of lending its name to the battle in 479 BC, and a short spell of research conducted by American
scholars in the 1890s, Plataiai might well have deserved to be called a »forgotten« Polis – that is until a
joint project of the Ephorate of Boiotia and the ÖAI, with support from the Fitch Laboratory at the BSA,
commenced at the site. It yielded a wealth of data which now allows to set the beginning of Plataiai’s
history in the Neolothic, follow its development through the Bronze and Iron Ages and to draw a
clear and quite detailed picture of the polis‘ fortifications as well as its internal structure during the
Hellenistic and Roman epochs.