The Social Archaeology of Early Iron Age and Early Archaic Greece
The three-year project, entitled The Social Archaeology of Early Iron Age and Early Archaic Greece, is directed by Professor Alexandros Mazarakis Ainian of the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly at Volos.
The project seeks to collect and re-examine all the available evidence concerning the archaeology of the Greek World in the Early Iron and Early Archaic Age, from the beginning of the 1st millennium BC down to the end of the 7th c. BC. The data derives from the settlements, necropoleis and sanctuaries and is systematically collected and entered in a database for facilitating its extensive study. The study will take into account all modern scientific approaches, such as social anthropology, gender studies, bioarchaeology, archaeometry, as well as quantitative methods. Moreover with the use of GIS applications, new reconstructions, several of them in 3D, will be prepared and presented. For this purpose a number of case-studies have been selected.
The website of the project, which will include all the collected data, as well as an extensive joint monograph in English, aim at presenting to the experts and the wider public the full account of the archaeology of the Greek world during the crucial for its later development early historical period.