PHAISTOS SURVEY - 2010
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Scuola Italiana di Archeologia ad Atene
Phaistos Survey. M.D. Benzi (SAIA/Pisa) and F. Longo (SAIA/Salerno) report on the 2010 survey season (Fig. 1) conducted in collaboration with the ΚΓ’ ΕΠΚΑ (then Director, M. Bredaki).
Prospection in Zone D aimed to define the phases of occupation. It revealed some earlier Minoan and Greek activity, but also the presence of Roman material that suggests the existence of a farming village. In Zone E the geo-referencing results for the area of Phaistos are presented in a new plan. The topographical grid, set up in 2008 and integrated in 2009, was enhanced, with GPS measurements taken at the excavations.
In Zone C, material from the cleaning of an exposed section on the Phaistos-Matala road dates to the late Prepalatial (MMIA late) to MMIIA periods, with most material belonging to the latter. Trials in Zone A confirm the existence of an enciente ca. 2m thick, with two faces of orthostats and a filling of earth and stones (Fig. 2). Its construction cannot be dated, but its destruction is fixed to the first half of second century BC (noting finds such as a black-glaze cup and a Hadra hydria).
Finally, a test in the open area of Zone B revealed a structure at a depth of 1m. Two pavements of small stones probably belong to a road network of late date.
Unpublished field report, Scuola Italiana di Archeologia ad Atene
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