|Jonathan Tomlinson (far left) and David Rupp (third from right) with project directors and local dignitaries at Kastro Kallithea
|Excavating Ancient Eleon
On the curving Lesbian polygonal wall front they uncovered a south tower that matches the known northern one. The width of the wall behind this tower is impressive! Immediately to the south they started to open up what looks to me like a gate structure with simple polygonal masonry. At a very deep level they encountered a LH I wall. So far there are no signs of post Bronze Age remains to go with the later 4th-century BC fortification wall. Brendan will bring you up to date in August when he is a guest blogger here.
|Pithoi in Building 10 at Kastro Kallithea
The economic crisis gripping Greece now, going on five years, revealed itself in the absence of traffic on the National Road. The frequent and expensive tolls are probably one of the factors creating this situation.
|Argilos, South East Sector
We then toured the South East Sector where they are working on defining details of the houses there. They plan to start constructing roofs over each of the excavated houses. Afterwards we went to the akropolis to see the massive fortified two-storey farmhouse that was built in the later 5th century. Jacques and Zissis shared with us their hopes to restore it and cover it with a proper covering structure. At the Museum in Amphipolis we were shown some of their finds from this year as well as important ones from previous years. Argilos will be represented in the CIG blog in August by two of Jacques' graduate students, Keven Ouellet and Marie Clermont-Mignault. Both gave excellent papers - on the fortification wall and House E at Argilos respectively - at the recent CIG Colloquium in memory of Prof. Frederick E. Winter.
Despite all the driving and the very hot first day Jonathan and I were very pleased to have seen so much in just three days. The opportunity to see and to discuss each project in situ with the excavators, to learn first hand the challenges that they are facing as well as their tentative plans for future research provided me with the requisite contextual information and insights to assist them in accomplishing their goals.
On a personal note I was able to see for the first time a part of Greece, Thessaly, that I had never seen. The rolling, agriculturally rich plains of Thessaly have an extensive archaeological heritage which will require further exploration!