After a long hiatus, new systematic excavations at the hill of Kirrha began in 2009 under the auspices of the French School of Archaeology and the 10th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (now Ephorate of Antiquities of Phocis). The results of the three excavation seasons, though provisional, have shed new light on this major site of the northern coast of the Corinthian Gulf.

“Reappraising Kirrha. New evidence on landscape, economy and society from Southern Phocis” is the title of the next Aegean lecture to be given by Julien Zurbach (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) and Raphaël Orgeolet (Aix-Marseille University), on Friday, May 22, at 7.00 p.m.

The lecture will present the work in progress in the different fields encompassed by the project. Geomorphological and palaeo-environmental studies have dramatically changed our understanding of the site and its evolution. On a strict archaeological ground, work in two large areas on distinct parts of the hill have opened multiple windows into several periods and aspects of life at Bronze Age Kirrha. Particularly, the lecture will stress the important cemetery of the Transitionnal period (MH III / LH I-II) on the Western slope of the hill, as well as the domestic and craft-production related areas in the Eastern part of the settlement.

Venue: Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, Athens