Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project. Surface Survey Excavation at ancient Eleon
The Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project is jointly sponsored by the 9th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (Thebes) and the Canadian Institute of Greece. For three seasons, beginning in 2007, we conducted a surface survey to document the archaeological history of eastern Boeotia through all periods. We located our study on the plain between Thebes, the major economic center of the region, and the Euboean Gulf, which was a major conduit for trade with the broader Aegean. The survey was under the co-directorship of Vassilis Aravantinos (Thebes Museum/9th Ephorate), Brendan Burke (University of Victoria), Bryan Burns (Wellesley College), and Susan Lupack (McGill University). In 2011 this team conducted an exploratory excavation of the Eleon acropolis to test the viability of a large scale, multi-year excavation.
Encouraged by the results from 2011, and the surface and geophysical survey, and having received funding from an Insight grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (#435-2012-0185), major excavations began in June 2012, focusing on the site of ancient Eleon. This phase of EBAP is co-directed by Brendan Burke (University of Victoria), Bryan Burns (Wellesley College), and Alexandra Charami (9th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities) and will greatly inform our understanding of this site in eastern Boeotia during several periods, including the Mycenaean Age, the Archaic-Classical periods, and Medieval times.
Our project grateful for the continued support from our home departments, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Loeb Classical Library, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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