“Taking the pulse of a Geometric Greek Settlement: AAIA Fieldwork at Zagora in 2012”
Lecture by Professor Margaret C. Miller (Arthur and Renee George Professor of Classical Archaeology (University of Sydney) & Co-Director, The Zagora Archaeological Project)
The uniquely well preserved 9th-8th BC Greek site of Zagora on the island of Andros provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to study community life at the dawn of the Greek city-state. Fieldwork conducted under the direction of Prof. A Cambitoglou in the 1960s and 1970s exposed a tenth of the site, revealing a flourishing settlement but one that was abandoned after a mere six or seven generations in a time of widespread social and economic change.
The Zagora Archaeological Project, under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens and the AAIA, now aims to build on those research achievements. But how, most effectively, with the resources at our command, can we “take the pulse” of this short-lived town? How can we chart its own social and economic development? The field season of 2012 has already raised some interesting perspectives.
Photo: Meg Miller, Rudy Alagich and Kristin Mann at the temple site © PHM; photo by Irma Havlicek.