Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


1963-2013: 50 years of archaeological investigations on Keros

Country & City: Greece, Athens
Venue: Archaeological Society, 22 Panepistimiou
Date & Time: 2013/10/17, 18:00

This summer marks the passage of fifty years since the beginning of systematic archaeological research on the island of Keros in the Cyclades. Looting activity before 1963 led to a series of excavations and surface studies, of which some are already published and some are currently under study. The Athens Archaeological Society, the first scientific institution to preserve important finds of the Cycladic civilisation from Keros in the 19th Century, is combining a celebration of the jubilee of systematic research on the island with the organization of the symposium which will take place on the 17th October 2013 at 6pm in the large hall.

The symposium is organized with two main themes:

In the first part Prof. Michael Cosmopoulos will discuss the fifty years of study on Keros and will present the excavation directors in chronological order Prof. Christos Doumas of the University of Athens and Prof. Colin Renfrew of the University of Cambridge, and the ephors emeriti Photeini Zapheiropoulou and Konstantinos Tsakos, Prof. Lila Marangou of the University of Ioannina and the ephor emerita Olga Philaniotou. Giorgos Gavalas will discuss the looting as well as systematic research.

In the second part of the symposium Dr Peggy Sotirakopoulou will discuss the results of her research into the ceramics from the recent excavations (2006-2008) on the islet of Dhaskalio at the western end of Keros. This will be followed by a presentation of the first volume of the results of the excavations on Dhaskalio by Prof Robin Barber, after a short introduction by the director of the British School at Athens, Prof. Catherine Morgan. Finally, there will be a first presentation of the results of the recent surface survey of Keros, conducted in 2012 and 2013, undertaken as a synergasia between the British School at Athens and the Greek Archaeological Service, directed by Prof. Colin Renfrew, Dr Marisa Marthari and Aikaterini Dellaporta, and presented by Dr Michael Boyd, Dr Neil Brodie and Dr Joshua Wright.


Welcome by the General Secretary, Vasilios Petrakos (3 minutes)

Michael Cosmopoulos, ‘Excavators of Keros C. Doumas, C. Renfrew, P. Zapheiropoulou, K. Tsakos, L. Marangou, O. Philaniotou, research from 1963-2013’ (10 minutes)

Response of the excavators Doumas, Renfrew, Zapheiropoulou, Tsakos, Marangou and Philaniotou (5 minutes each)

Giorgos Gavalas, ‘Looting and systematic research on Keros’ (15 minutes)

15 minute break

Keynote: Peggy Sotirakopoulou, ‘The ceramic of Dhaskalio from the excavations of 2006-2008: interpretation and matters of chronology’ (45 minutes)

Presentation of the first volume of the results of the excavations of 2006-2008 on Keros by Robin Barber, after a short introduction by Catherine Morgan, director of the British School at Athens, who will take the chair (33 minutes)

At the invitation of the co-directors of the surface survey, a paper by Michael Boyd, Neil Brodie and Joshua Wright, ‘Surface survey on the island of Keros in 2012-2013: initial discussion and results’ (20 minutes)