Underwater Fieldwork Project

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In the context of the Marie Curie project UrbaNetworks that focuses on the study of the urban growth of late Hellenistic Delos, an underwater survey of the submerged areas of Delos was conducted. The Cyclades has seen a sea-level rise of about 2 m over the last 2,000 years, engulfing many areas of the heavily urbanised Delos. This part of the project is a cooperation of the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. The director of the underwater survey is Dr. Aggeliki Simosi, Director of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. The scientific co-directors of the underwater fieldwork project are Magdalini Athanasoula, underwater archaeologist of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and Dr. Mantha Zarmakoupi, Principal Investigator of UrbaNetworks.

The 2014 and 2015 fieldwork seasons examined the remains of the submerged area of the Stadion District, one of the neighbourhoods that were created at the height of Delos’ urbanization period on the northeast area of the island. See here the press release of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs for the 2014 fieldwork season. See also the related post of Current World Archaeology.

The 2015 fieldwork season was funded by the University of Birmingham (School of History and Cultures) and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (Donald Atkinson Fund) in London. See here the press release of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs and here for the press release of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. See also the related posts of the Archaeology & Arts Wiki and the Archaeology News Network.

The 2016 fieldwork season focused on another one of the new neighbourhoods that developed in the late Hellenistic period on the northwest area of the island—the Skardana District. In addition, the research team conducted a preliminary underwater survey to the north of the bay of Skardana, to the south of the bay of Fourni, in the strait between Delos and Rheneia, as well as along the east coast of Rheneia, during which 7 ancient shipwrecks were located—6 shipwrecks of the late Hellenistic period and one shipwreck of the Roman period. The 2016 fieldwork season was funded by the University of Birmingham (School of History and Cultures). See here the press release of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports for the 2016 fieldwork season. See also the related posts of the Archaeology & Arts Wiki and the Archaeology News Network.

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