Dr Jere Wickens (Department of Anthropology, Lawrence University and American School of Classical Studies at Athens), "The Archaeological Survey of the Bouros-Kastri Peninsula, Southern Euboia"
The Bouros-Kastri peninsula at the southeastern tip of Euboia was previously overlooked in the archaeological literature. The survey by the Southern Euboea Exploration Project, conducted under the aegis of the Canadian Institute in Greece, provides important information about fluctuations in long-term use and habitation of this agriculturally marginal part of the Karystia. After modest use during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, the peninsula was virtually abandoned until the Late Archaic–Early Classical period, followed by near desertion in the 3rd century BCE, a resurgence of activity in the Late Roman period, and modest use in Byzantine and Ottoman times. The talk will address the use of the peninsula in these periods, how its use was connected to that of the main urban center at Karystos, and how its small coastal inlets and its important port of Geraistos connected the peninsula and the greater Karystia to the political, economic, and cultural spheres of Athens and the broader region.