Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Priniatikos Pyrgos

Geophysical and Geoarchaeological Project at Priniatikos Pyrgos and within the Istron Area, Mirabello, Eastern Crete

A Geophysical and Geoarchaeological Project at Priniatikos Pyrgos and within the Istron Area, Mirabello, Eastern Crete

This project consists of

(1) remote sensing on and near the site of Priniatikos Pyrgos in order to determine the nature, condition, and extent of the primary Bronze Age harbor town of the Vrokastro region;

(2) investigation of the geology and geomorphology of the coastal zone and coastal valleys, in order to provide a topographical framework for Priniatikos Pyrgos and other ancient settlements;

(3) investigation of local industries involved in the economic development of the region, through exploration of workshops and regional sources of raw materials. These industrial activities have been brought to light through remote sensing and observations made during fieldwork, 2002 and 2003.

Senior Staff List

Dr. B. Hayden, Senior Research Specialist,
Mediterranean Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 215-898-4069

Dr. A. Sarris, Scientific Responsible of the Laboratory of Geophysical Satellite
Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/Foundation of Research and Technology (FORTH), Rethymnon

Dr. I. Bassiakos, Geologist and ESR-dating specialist, Demokritos
Laboratory of Earth Sciences and Archaeometry, Athens

Prof. Thanasis Kalpaxis, Director of Institute for Mediterranean Studies - Foundation for Research and Technology, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Crete.

Bibliography for Istron/ Vrokastro Area

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"Reconstructing a Rural Past; the Vrokastro Survey," AJA 98: 1994: 295-296.

"Agriculture and Rural Settlement in Ottoman Crete, 1669-1912: a modern site survey" in Breaking New Ground for an Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire, ed. by U. Baram and L. Carroll. Plenum Press.
Harrison, G.

"Crete the Ordinary" in Post-Minoan Crete, Proceedings of the First Colloquium, ed. by W. G. Cavanagh and M. Curtis. BSA Studies 2, 129-134. 1998.

"Crete and Palestine: Tramp Steamers and Comparanda," in Post-Minoan Crete, Proceedings of the Second Colloquium, ed. by Mike Curtis. BSA Studies.

"A Roman's View from Vrokastro", Proceedings of the 8th Cretological Congress, ed. by C. Kritzas.

"Productivity Zones in the Cretan Landscape," in The Cretan Economy, ed. by A. Chaniotis.

Hayden, B. J. "The Vrokastro Survey Project: Goals, Methodology, and Preliminary Results," AJA 93: 1987: 252-253.

"The Vrokastro Survey Project, 1986-1990," AJA 95: 1991: 292.

"Evidence for 'Megalithic Farmsteads' of Late Minoan III through Early Iron Age Date," Table Ronde, French School of Archaeology, Athens, BCH suppl. 30: 1990: 41-53, ed. by J. Driessen and A. Farnoux.

"Rural Settlement of the Orientalizing through Early Classical Period: The Meseleroi Valley, Eastern Crete," Aegean Archaeology 2(1995) 93-144.

"Ano-Kato: The Fortified LM IIIC and Early Iron Age Site of Elias to Nisi," in V. Karageorghis, Defensive Settlements of the LM IIIC Period.

"The Final Neolithic through Early Minoan I/IIA Periods in the Vrokastro Area, Mirabello, Eastern Crete, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, forthcoming.

The Final Neolithic "Priniatikos Pyrgos: Its Topographical Setting, Catchment, and Function from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period," in press.

B. Hayden The Vrokastro Reports, Vol. 1: Vrokastro Pottery in the Collections of the Herakleion and University of Pennsylvania Museums. Spring 2002.

B. Hayden and M. Hahn, G. Harrison, J. Moody, O. Rackham, M. Risser, A. Stallsmith
The Vrokastro Reports, Vol. 2: Site and Pottery Catalogues of the Vrokastro Survey Project

Hayden and H. Dierckx, M. Hahn, G. Harrison, J. Moody, G. Postma, O. Rackham, M. Risser, A. Stallsmith
The Vrokastro Reports, Vol. 3: The Settlement History of the Vrokastro Region from the Final Neolithic through the Early Modern Periods, with Supplementary Studies.

B. Hayden and T. Strasser, in press: The Vrokastro Survey Project: Evidence for Site Distribution, Pottery, and Environment of the Earliest Settlements

Hayden, B. J, and Moody, J. "The Vrokastro Survey Project 1987," Kretiki Estia 2:1988: 350-353;

"The Vrokastro Survey Project 1988," Kretiki Estia 3, 1989: 309-311.

Hayden, B. J, Moody, J., and Rackham O. "The Vrokastro Survey Project: Goals, Methodology, and Preliminary Results," Praktika, in press

"The Vrokastro Survey Project 1986-1989: Research Design and Preliminary Results," Hesperia 61:1992: 293-353.

"The Vrokastro Survey Project, 1986-1990: Providing a Context for a Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Settlement," Expedition 32:1990: 41-53.

Funded by INSTAP