This 2013-2015 project was co-directed as a synergasia by Tristan Carter (McMaster University) and Demetris Athanasoulis (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport – General Secretariat of Culture). This survey project focused on the hill of Stelida on the northwestern coast of Naxos, comprising a major outcrop of chert plus large quantities of manufacturing debris from the tools that were made from the raw material. Using linear transects walked across the site, the study confirmed that the site was largely (if not all) pre-neolithic. A significant amount of this material appears to be Early Mesolithic, which should date at least one phase of the site’s use to the 9th millennium BCE, thus the project examines the traces of early maritime activity by mobile hunter-gatherers in the region.
To learn more, visit the project website: https://stelida.mcmaster.ca/