PHAISTOS survey - 2009
Bronze Age - Iron Age - Antiquity - Byzantine period
Bath - Fortifications - Residence - Palace - Domestic space - Cemetery - Territory - Road system/waterway - Building Type - Site Type
Type of Operation
Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene
Phaistos survey. M. Benzi (SAIA/Pisa) and F. Longo (SAIA/Salerno) report on the continuation of survey in and around the town in 2008-2009, in collaboration with the ΚΓ' ΕΠΚΑ. A local network was established to enable effective use of GIS referencing and to combine it with other bodies of information such as structures located on the hill of Kastro and the Middle Acropolis, the building at Ag. Georgios at Phalandra, the Hellenistic walls on Christos Effendi, the neighbourhood of Chalara, the section of road north of the Phaestian Tavern, the Hellenistic complex at the southern foot of the hill of the palace and the remains of Minoan and Hellenistic structures near the road to Matala (excavation at Ag. Ioannis). At Marathovigla, Geometric material was discovered in the course of survey. More intensive survey was conducted at two locations: on the hill southeast of the palace and immediately south of Ag. Ioannis. At the first site, structures still partly visible as well as material provisionally classified as Minoan and Hellenistic attest to the existence of a densely populated area close to the Matala road and immediately north of the cemetery at Ag. Pavlos. The scant evidence of the intervening periods includes a Cretan Late Geometric aryballos (late eighth- to seventh-century BC) and a Late Archaic black-figure fragment. In the second area, close the so-called Baths, the remains of a Roman structure in cocciopesto, not mentioned in the literature, have been identified, as well as displaced limestone blocks perhaps from the southern section of the fortifications. The pottery collected here is mainly Roman and Byzantine in date.
Unpublished filed report, Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene
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