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The Norwegian Archaeological Survey in the Karystia

In 2012 the Norwegian Institute at Athens begins the first season of a multi-year archaeological research project in southern Euboea called the Norwegian Archaeological Survey in the Karystia. In the first stage, the project will consists of an archaeological diachronic surface survey of the Katsaronio Plain, located north-west of the town of Karystos.

Read more here. The project has a facebook page, as well as a blog.

Norwegian Naxos Survey

The Norwegian Naxos survey started in October 2010 with a campaign to survey and record the archaeology of Kastro Apalirou: The fortified mountain town that might have functioned as the capital of Naxos in the mid to late Byzantine periods. The survey focuses on how economic and political changes can be seen in the landscape, and in particular the changes that occurred from the Middle Byzantine period (565 -1081 AD) to the Venetian period (1206-mid 16th century AD).

Read more here. The project also has a website at the University of Oslo.

The Hellenic-Norwegian excavations at Tegea

This joint Hellenic-Norwegian excavation will from summer of 2009 explore an important area right in centre of the ancient city. To judge from the results of the magnetometer survey, we expect to explore the marketplace, the agora and several streets in the regular plan of the city. The excavations have two main aims: 1. To check the results of the magnetometer survey archaeologically and to obtain evidence for the dating of the plan of the city 2. To understand better the chronological development of the city of Tegea.

Read more here. The project also has a website at the University of Oslo.

The Norwegian Arcadia Survey. Part II

The Norwegian Arcadia Survey. Part II (NAS 2) is a interdisciplinary landscape survey aimed at the study of a particular landscape within the geographical frame of the territory of the ancient city-state Tegea. Earlier studies of the area, like the Norwegian Excavations in the Sanctuary of Athena Alea (1990-1994) and the Norwegian Arcadia Survey. Part I (1999-2001), have focused on the geohistorical entity of the ancient urban centre of Tegea. Sites in Marginal Landscapes has extended the approach both historically and geographically. The ongoing survey takes place in a side-valley (the Dolianitis valley) to the main Tegean plain, and in an area where few archaeological investigations have been undertaken in the past.

Read more. The project also has a website at the University of Bergen.

Completed projects

In 1992 the Norwegian Institute was offered a small Byzantine fortress near the village of Petropigi 20 km east of Kavala as an archaeological project by Charalambos Bakirtzis, then ephor of Byzantine antiquities at Kavala. The next year the field work started, going on for the seven summers. Of these the first five consisted of excavations, a further two were dedicated to the measuring and conservation of the monument, and the final three to the study of the finds. Read more.

The "Greek-Norwegian Deep-Water Archaeological Survey" was a joint undertaking by the Greek Department of Underwater Antiquities (EEA), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim (NTNU) and the Norwegian Institute at Athens. Its main goal was to survey the seabed in selected areas in Greece using advanced underwater technology, and thereby create a database of submerged archaeological sites as an aid to their protection. The co-operation was initiated in September 1999 when a one-week pre-season was conducted in the Northern Sporades and continued with regular seasons in 2000, 2002 and 2004. Read more.


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