October 7, 2009
When the state of Greece was founded in 1830, after the War of Independence, the first government was faced with the great problems of the economy, public administration, and education. The last of these also included the question of the country’s ancient treasures, which had been looted and destroyed over the centuries. However, the official […]
August 14, 2009
We continued to remove the fallen stones from the partition wall, excavating a total of five layers. We also started to reveal the well-preserved foundation of the wall. Once again, we found bones, burnt wood, and numerous sherds. We removed a great quantity of small, medium, and large stones in order to investigate any potential underlying structures.
August 7, 2009
A partition wall that divided rooms 14 and 15 retained evidence of the earthquake that destroyed the site. It also prevented the excavation of the rooms’ floors. So we decided to carefully remove the fallen stones in order to continue the excavation. We took innumerable photographs of the wall and drew it in detail, stone by stone, so we could reconstruct it at a later stage.
August 31, 2008
During the 2008 season, we excavated rooms 15 and 19. Room 15 had an opening on the east side, a window on the west, and two niches on the south wall. In one of the niches, we found three chalices with floral motifs and high stems, each of which has a hole at its base, meaning they were used as rhyta.
August 31, 2007
Our work in room 7 concentrated on the conservation and removal of the large piece of plaster that was found in early 1980s. One of the biggest surprises was that we found a great number of schist slabs and pieces of limestone under the plaster. It is obvious that these stones made up the paved floor of the second story.
August 31, 2006
During the 2006 season, we explored five areas in the Central Building. Room 7 was relatively small and connected with the neighboring room via two openings—at its west wall and southeast corner. This room had already been investigated in 1983 when a thick layer of plaster was uncovered.
August 31, 2005
After a gap of 17 years, archaeological work at the site of Zominthos resumed in the summer of 2005. During the excavation season, which lasted four weeks, we unearthed rooms 14 and 17 of the Central Building. Room 14, located at the north side of the Ceramics Workshop, had been investigated in 1988 and a window at its west wall was revealed.