Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Complex buildings and buried architectural stays unearthed in Valley of Argolis

The new findings from the "Ormos Valley" research project, at Lampayanas in southern Argolis, had been announced via Greece's Ministry of Culture.

The "Ormos Valley" software is conducted beneath the course of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities with the collaboration of the University of Geneva, below the auspices of the Swiss Archaeological School in Greece.

It ambitions at reading immersed prehistoric web sites in a small bay of southern Argolis, near the famous archaeological web page of the Frachthi Cave.

In 2015, a sufficiently large (at the least 1.2 hectare) agreement of the Early Bronze Age became positioned in the sea region of Lampayanna Beach, north of the Bay. Some architectural remains are visible at the lowest, at 1-3 meters deep, at the same time as more will be buried below the marine sediments. From 2016, studies has focused on exploring the volume and dating of the agreement.

The 2017 survey commenced with submarine topography and geophysical measurements. Following the previous work at Lampagianna Beach, the lowest-view architectural remains have been further mapped, and the electrical resistivity tomography persevered to the north of the seashore in shallow water. Preliminary consequences indicate the life of more complex homes, in addition to many buried architectural remains.

Submarine excavations observed on a bigger floor than in 2016 and improved strategies. Under the layer of Early Helladic II (inside the third millennium BC, to which the seen architectural stays correspond to the bottom) a wall of Early Helladic I (early 3rd millennium) turned into found out. Another older bed, which may be dated even at some stage in the transition period between the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age, was also investigated. The findings include huge quantities of purple shells. However, it is still impossible to decide what they were used for.

The 2017 excavation, which ran from three July to 11 August, was executed below the obligation of Dr. Angeliki Simosi, Director of Underwater Antiquities, and Professor Karl Reber, Director of the Swiss Archaeological School in Greece.
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