globe Country : Grece (Crete)
compass Lat : 35,1152° N - Long : 26,1517° E
Fieldwork

Palaikastro

Under the authority of the British School at Athens (BSA), the site of Palaikastro was excavated between 1902 and 1906 (R. C. Bosanquet – most of the actual plan with dense blocks of buildings organized around several streets), in 1962 and 1963 (L. H. Sackett and M. R. Popham – Building N, a freestanding house at the southwest margin of the excavation area, and a LM IIIC settlement on the hill of Kastri, to the north of Roussolakkos), between 1986 and 1996 and in 2003 (L. H. Sackett and J. A. MacGillivray – Buildings 1 to 7, a neighborhood of freestanding and architecturally elaborate houses ). In 1972 and 1978, areas of the site were also excavated by the Greek Archaeological Service under the supervision of C. Davaras.

Although the site bear traces of Early Minoan occupation, it is during the Protopalatial period (MM IB/IIA – ca. 1900 BCE) that a large settlement appeared at Roussolakkos. Nevertheless, most of the buildings visible today on the site were built during the Neopalatial period (MM IIIB/ LM IA – ca. 1700-1625 BCE) and heavily destructed in LM IB (ca. 1460/70 BCE). At the beginning of the Postpalatial period (LM II/IIIA1 – ca. 1460/70-1390 BCE), sporadic reoccupations are attested but, in LM IIIA2/B (ca. 1390-1190 BCE), Palaikastro witnessed important reconstructions and knew a very important part of its Bronze Age history. After the progressive abandonment of the site during LM IIIB, only the coastal hill of Kastri was occupied by a small LM IIIC (ca. 1190-1090 BCE) hamlet.

Since 2012, a new archaeological team is focusing on Palaikastro. Under the direction of Pr. Carl Knappett (University of Toronto), the Palace and Landscape at Palaikastro project (PALAP) is a joint operation with the University of Bristol (Pr. Nicoletta Momigliano – Deputy Director), the University of Nottingham (Dr. Alexandra Livarda – Environmental Director), and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Dr. Tim Cunningham – Field Director).  PALAP aims at exploring a new area of the settlement and, perhaps more importantly, coupling traditional excavations with an intensive paleoenvironmental research program.

PALAP team - 2013 season
PALAP team – 2013 season

I am involved in archaeological research at Palaikastro since 2003 when I started working as a trench supervisor for the last season of excavation under the direction of L. H. Sackett and J. A. MacGillivray.  I am also in charge of the publication of Building 7 (with Dr. Charlotte Langohr). Since 2013, I am Field Director (in collaboration with Dr. Tim Cunningham) and architecture specialist for the ongoing excavations of the Palace and Landscape at Palaikastro Project.