Friday, August 31, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
|Des étudiants qui travaillent dans le maison|
|Chantier Koutloudis. Début et fin de la campagne|
|Kostas le potier|
|Drapeau de la Grèce et drapeau du Québec, Versus Beach Bar, Asprovalta|
|Sabrina Giroux, Alexandra Schuller, Bron Partell, Keven Ouellet et Marie Clermont-Mignault|
Marie Clermont-Mignault, Keven Ouellet, Sabrina Giroux (Université de Montréal), Alexandra Schuller (McGill University), Bronwyn Partell (Macquarie University)
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Pithoi and other Stories: excavating the store rooms of Building 10. A report on the Kastro Kallithea Archaeological Project's 2012 season
Fig. 1. Breakfast on the Acropolis of Kastro Kallithea at 6am with full moon
On May 28th 2012 at 5.45 am our Canadian Kallithea team of staff, students and volunteers began what would become our daily trek for the upcoming six weeks: a 618 meter high climb to the acropolis of the ancient town situated on the hill above the village of Kallithea in Thessaly. After eating our fresh pastries and enjoying the stunning sunrise above the Pelion, we walked across the agora towards the eastern part of the site. Here, at the corner of avenue B and Street 3, is Building 10; a large Late Hellenistic mansion dating to the late 3rd-2nd Centuries BCE, measuring 20 by 15 meters, which our team has been excavating for the last three seasons. (See fig. 2.)
Fig. 2: Plan of Building 10
This year’s original plan was to finalize our work by excavating the remaining areas and documenting and removing all baulks. We decided to start right away with the unopened areas, which we labelled units I, J, K and L, while we continued with units G, H and room 4. Since we were in a hurry, we chose to excavate in extra large spits and remove as much of the rubble as possible while not compromising our documentation. The first challenge consisted of removing all large building blocks that were lodged into the topsoil of the new units. The site is remote and the team could not hire machinery to do the work, so it all needed to be done by hand! The problem was largely solved by combining our men and women power with tarp and straps that could withstand pressures of 500 kg.
Fig. 3 Pithoi nos. 1, 2, 5 and 10 in Unit L
Fig. 4. Units K and L as seen from the northwest with pithoi 1-3 and 4-10
Fig. 5. Head of the terracotta figurine found in Unit G
Sophia Karapanou will continue her excavation in the stoa of the ancient town in September 2012. She and Margriet Haagsma gave a presentation on the project for 250 enthusiastic Pharsalians on July 4th in the Cultural Centre at Pharsala. Mayor Aris Karaxalias was a wonderful host and provided the team with dinner, music and dance afterwards. We are deeply indebted to the municipality as well as FC Narthaki’s Elias Papadopoulos who provided the team with housing and other facilities. We thank them, as well as numerous others warmly for the continuous support our cooperative project has received over the years.
Margriet J. Haagsma and Sophia Karapanou
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
While we are very fortunate that the site still looked the same, some things have changed since last year: we have a new synergatis (collaborator) with the 9th Ephoreia, Dr. Alexandra Charami. We are also now working with Olga Kyriatzi from the Thebes Museum. Both of them have helped us greatly in 2012 and we sincerely look forward to working with them for many years to come. Our colleague Susan, whom we worked with especially on the regional survey (2007-2009), was not with us this year in the field. She and her family were busy relocating from Singapore back to Canada (Montreal). We very much hope this transition goes well for them. Among our other new collaborators, we have Dr. Evi Margaritis beginning a flotation system to help us better understand ancient diet and the environment; an excellent conservator, Basiliki (Vicky) Karas, from Victoria, who brought her husband and two beautiful children; Tina Ross, a former UVic grad student and now a very experienced archaeological illustrator; and a new architect for the project, Giuliana Bianco, who has extensive experience working on excavations in Greece – having worked for decades at Kommos with Joe and Maria Shaw, and most recently at the site of Mitrou in East Lokris.
The villages of eastern Boeotia where we live and work are all administered by the Demarchos (mayor) based in Schimatari: Vangellis Georgiou and his staff were very welcoming to us and we look forward to working with them in the years to come. We also made several new friends in the village of Arma, adjacent to the site of ancient Eleon: Spyros Davros, the president of the village, and Stavroula Dimitriou, who manages the local agricultural collective were incredibly generous with their time and assisted us particularly in establishing an apotheke for storage and workspace related to the project. It was truly a multi-tiered operation getting it ready for use, requiring the participation of our colleagues in Thebes, the Schimatari Museum, and the Ministry of Culture in Athens; several visits from the approved alarm installer and repeated interaction with OTE (Greek telephone company); plus a real effort from the people of the Arma agricultural collective who cleaned out the storage area and helped us put new iron bars on the windows. We are very pleased to say that the apotheke is fully ready now.
|The EBAP team 2012|
Our excavation this summer concentrated on continuing the trial trenches begun last year. We had two primary areas of research focus: the Late Mycenaean period (ca. 1200-1100 BC) and the period of construction for the large polygonal wall which dominates our site (whenever that is!? 6th, 5th, or 4th century BC). Results were very good for our research program but also for our students’ excavation experience. Six of our students participated in the dig for University of Victoria credit (GRS 495). While we relied on them for their strength and ability to help move earth, they also took full advantage of the opportunity to learn how archaeology is practiced in Greece and to develop skills that will be useful in any future work. Many of them improved their excavation Greek, learning the key words for ‘wheelbarrow’ and ‘trowel’, which can be helpful in all sorts of situations. English phrases, like ‘pyro-technic feature’ may also be useful. They got to experience the thrill of finding things that hadn’t seen the light of day since 1200 BC: painted pottery, figurine fragments, animal bones, and pieces of well-made copper alloy implements. After excavating from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm each day, we would have a lunch break and rest, and then in the afternoons, from 5 until 7 pm, everyone participated in the processing of the day’s finds, beginning with pot washing. Sorting, counting, and recording the sherds was also very important. Some students had a one- or two-day internship with our conservator, learning how to mend pots and clean items of various materials. Other students gained experience in archaeological illustration and photography. All of these activities were tracked and recorded for our excavation database, in Filemaker Pro, which all the students learned how to use.
|Excavation in progress 2012|
Overall our season was a great success and we look forward to returning in early June 2013. We are especially looking forward to working in our new apotheke, located literally a stone’s throw from our excavation area in Arma village. We thank everyone who made this season such a great success!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
I began my internship helping my fellow intern, Mark Walley, in entering offprints, monographs, periodicals, newsletters and book reviews into CIG’s database. I then was given the job, for June and July, to work on entering Frederick Winter’s photographic negative collection into the database. I am happy to say that I have completed entering the nearly 300 rolls of film (each roll has roughly 36 photographs) and I have gotten the Institute's new scanner up and running – Winter’s negatives are now being scanned so that CIG will have an electronic version that people can look up and use for their research. It was a very interesting job to do as I not only love photography but it was great seeing places I have visited, such as Delphi, in a photograph from the 1960s!
I was very fortunate to have the experience of digging at Ancient Eleon for a few days. I have always wanted to go on an excavation but I was unable to find many opportunities to do so. I would like to thank Eleon co-directors Brendan Burke and Bryan Burns for giving me the opportunity to experience the Institute's dig at Ancient Eleon. It was a fantastic learning experience and a lot of fun.
Of course, I couldn’t be in Greece or Europe without having done a fair bit of traveling and wandering. I have of course wandered around Athens, visiting archaeological sites such as the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, I visited some museums and shopped on and around Ermou Street and Monastiraki Square. I have also been to a few beaches outside of Athens and visited Piraeus and Rafina. Within the mainland of Greece I have visited Thebes, Sounion, Delphi, Dilesi and Halandri. I also went to the islands Hydra, Aegina and Mykonos. All these places were great experiences in exploring and seeing not only temples and old ruins, but also enjoying the beaches and the social part of Greek culture. I was also very fortunate to the have the opportunity to visit friends in Amsterdam and Edinburgh and family in Geneva.
Thank you all for making this internship and adventure absolutely awesome!
CIG intern, May-July 2012