Location: Istron, Mirabello, Crete, Greece
Priniatikos Pyrgos is the primary harbor settlement in the west-central Gulf of Mirabello region, eastern Crete, with well-preserved phases from Neolithic to the Greek and Roman periods. Part of this large settlement is located on a small coastal promontory and includes an industrial quarter where ceramics and metal were manufactured; this activity belongs to both the Bronze Age and the Greek and Roman periods. Excavation began in August 2005, continuing into 2008, and has so far revealed two Minoan pottery kilns; part of a Minoan workshop area; Roman domestic architecture built over Greek and Bronze Age structures; possible small iron-smelting furnaces; and a broad paved road of late Roman date, perhaps associated with a nearby foundation of a Late Roman/Byzantine chapel. From 2007 the project has been operating under the auspices of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens. This harbor settlement is the largest site within the Vrokastro survey area, Mirabello, eastern Crete (see the Vrokastro Reports vols. 1-3, 2002-5), and is the key to understanding the cultural and economic development of the region from the Neolithic to the medieval periods. In 2009 we will be running a comprehensive fieldschool combining specialist lectures and practical seminars with on-site and post-excavation work. Fieldschool students and professional volunteers are needed for every aspect of excavation, mapping, and post-ex work during the 2009 fieldwork season.
Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic, Bronze Age, Greek-Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks volunteers & staff; 4 weeks fieldschool
Room and Board Arrangements
Accommodation will be double or triple occupancy rooms in a tourist hotel within walking distance of the excavation. All rooms include small kitchenettes. Restaurants and supermarkets are also within easy walking distance of the hotel. Fieldschool fees include accommodation and tuition, but do not include travel to Crete or subsistence. Volunteer costs available on enquiry.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
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