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Olynthos, Greece


Bettina Tsigarida, Director of the Museum and Ephorate of Pella
Zosia Archibald, University of Liverpool
Lisa Nevett, University of Michigan

The Olynthos project is a multidisciplinary field project focused on the household and urban archaeology of a small Classical (mainly late 5th- to mid-4th-century BCE) city in northern Greece. Earlier work at the site focused on large-scale excavation of houses (David Robinson, American School of Classical Studies, 1928–1938) and on restoration and conservation (Ioulia Vokotopoulou, 16th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, 1988–1992). The goal of the current project is to use modern scientific techniques in order to create a new, much more detailed picture of Greek households, and of the physical, cultural, and economic frameworks into which they were integrated. To this end, the research design involves large-scale geophysical survey (magnetic and resistance), intensive intra-site field survey, and excavation in selected areas. Permission for a collaborative project was granted by the Greek Ministry of Culture to the 16th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (led by Dr. Bettina Tsigarida) and the British School at Athens with teams from the universities of Liverpool (led by Dr. Zosia Archibald) and Michigan (led by Professor Lisa Nevett). Field seasons began in spring 2014 and are expected to continue until 2018.