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Fieldwork in Naxos, Greece: Apalirou Environs Survey 2016

Newcastle archaeologists have just returned from another successful season of fieldwork on the island of Naxos, Greece, as part of the  Apalirou Environs Project. Newcastle University is collaborating with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades), and with archaeologists from the Universities of Oslo and Edinburgh to investigate the historic landscape around Kastro Apalirou, a Byzantine settlement located in the south of the island. The Newcastle and Edinburgh teams are focusing on revealing the extensive settlement beneath the fortified hill-top and on characterising the wider region surrounding the site, through a detailed survey and integrated scientific approaches. The Apalirou Environs Project aims to provide a unique insight into the nature of settlement, economy and landscape use on the island from the early medieval period onward. The team, directed by Prof. Sam Turner together with Prof. Jim Crow of Edinburgh University, included academics and students from Newcastle and Edinburgh. The field-walking and ceramic collection survey of the mountainous landscape was continued from 2015, while pottery that had been previously collected was analysed at the local museum by a team led by Dr Mark Jackson. As well as gaining experience in survey techniques, including 3D laser-scanning, the Newcastle students had the opportunity to visit a number of important early Byzantine churches on the island. 
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published on: 29 July 2016