View of Plot DG-A from the top of Stélida (DG-B beyond)

The final week of May saw the beginning of a new and exciting phase of the Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project [SNAP], as having spent 2013-14 surveying the site, we began our three-year excavation, this time in collaboration with Dr. Demetrios Athanassoulis, director of the Cycladic Ephorate of antiquities. Over the past two years we had mapped and collected stone tools across the chert source that we argued – based on parallels from excavated sites – to be of early prehistoric date, specifically Lower-Palaeolithic to Mesolithic, i.e. 250,000 (minimum) to 7000 BC.

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62-05-035: Gordion, view of the area of the Phrygian gate and its Persian (?) successor

Gordion, view of the area of the Phrygian gate and its Persian (?) successor (Professor Fred Winter, 1962)

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Laura Surtees presenting: Ethnic constructs from inside and out: external policy and the ethnos of Achaia Phthiotis, May 24th 2015 at the Cultural Centre at Delphi. (Photo: Gino Canlas)

Kastro Kallithea was an ancient city in Achaia Phthiotis which saw a strong urban development in the Hellenistic period. One of KKAP’s major research questions is how Kallithea’s cityscape was sustainable in a setting where families relied to a large degree on a pastoralist lifestyle. We like to address this question with a ‘bottom up’ approach: how and to what extent could households not only be self-sufficient, but also contribute to and support the development and maintenance of an urban environment in a volatile and rapidly changing political context?

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