2015

The Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project conducted its fifth and final study season for the time being in its leased apotheke in Tripolis between June 3 and July 3, 2015 as a synergasia project between the University of Arizona and the Ephoreia of Arcadian Antiquities in Tripolis, working under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The co-directors of the project are Dr. Anna Karapanagiotou, Director of the Ephoreia of Arcadian Antiquities, Dr. Michalis Petropoulos, former Director of the 39th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Dr. Mary E. Voyatzis and Dr. David Gilman Romano, both of the University of Arizona. The work was made possible through the generosity of individuals, foundations and Greek-American supporters from the United States.

The financial support of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Karabots of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and Ms. Annette Merle-Smith of Princeton, New Jersey continues to be of major importance. The project also has received important support from the National Science Foundation and INSTAP. The Politistikos Syllogos of Ano Karyes and its President, Mr. Kyriakos Karagiannis, and its former President Mr. Christos Koumoundouros, have continued to support all of our efforts in Arcadia. This was our fifth study season, 2011-2015, following five years of excavation, 2006-2010, and two years of preliminary survey, 2004-2005.

Our apotheke, located at 32 Heroon Polytechnion in Tripolis, opposite the Archaeological Museum of Tripolis, was our center of activity again this summer. The apotheke hosted a total of 17 individuals, 6 students, 7 scholars and scientists and 4 staff. We had specialists in residence studying the ceramics of various periods including the Neolithic, Early Helladic, Middle Helladic, Mycenaean, Early Iron Age, Archaic and Classical. Analysis of the terracotta roof tiles from the lower sanctuary was also successfully conducted. We essentially completed our photography and archaeological illustration of the pottery and small finds. The results of the Fitch Lab Ceramic Analysis Project were being prepared for an article during the season, so there was also a group working on re-examining the 100 FN-EH-MH-LH-EIA sherds selected for petrography and chemical analysis in light of the scientific results. Data entry continued during the field season and pottery was catalogued, especially Neolithic and Classical material. We lived to the north of the city of Tripolis in Ano Kardara, near Levidi.

From June 13 we had a small group of architectural students and staff working at the Sanctuary of Zeus on the continuation of our architectural documentation project. This year we concentrated on finishing the drawing of individual significant blocks in different areas as well as creating new section drawings of the ancient sanctuary. Living in Ano Karyes and working in the Cultural Center (our lab) of the village for the six weeks was a team of 4, including 2 architecture students, 1 advanced student and an architectural supervisor; later in the summer 10 additional students, 4 Greek and 6 from the US, working on the Parrhasian Heritage Park joined them. The fifth Parrhasian Heritage Park Field School was held for two weeks between July 5-21 under the direction of Dr. David Gilman Romano. Mr. Mark Davison served as Director of Park Planning. The Field School is supported by the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project and the Parrhasian Heritage Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) in the US. The work of the Park Field School was divided into several categories. The students participated in studies of landscape character, trail blazing, trail mapping, and sign design. A number of the Greek students continued to gather information about community history and ethnography from local residents and from books and periodicals. A main focus of the Field School was to finish the design of the signs for the Park and, in addition, to erect wooden trailhead, way-finding and interpretative signs in the Park. We were able to erect 13 trailhead and way-finding signs and we have commenced the erection of a kiosk in the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion. Towards the end of the Field School we held a community meeting in Nea Phigaleia which is on the western edge of the Parrhasian Heritage Park. We had approximately 35 individuals in attendance, including members of the local community, the Parrhasian Park Planning team, and the student participants of the Parrhasian Heritage Field School.

Team Members

Co-Directors

  • Karapanagiotou, Dr. Anna Co-Director, Ephor of Antiquities of Arcadia, Tripolis, Arcadia
    Co-Directors Ephorate of Antiquities of Arcadia Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Romano, Dr. David Gilman Field Director, University of Arizona
    Co-Directors Archaeological Mapping Lab Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project The Parrhasian Heritage Park University of Arizona
  • Voyatzis, Dr. Mary E. Director of Finds, University of Arizona
    Co-Directors Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project University of Arizona

Greek Archaeological Service Representatives

  • Petropoulos, Dr. Michalis Former Ephor of Antiquities, ΛΘ’ Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Tripolis, Arcadia
    Greek Archaeological Service Representatives Ephorate of Antiquities of Arcadia Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Panagiotopoulou, Anastasia Former Director, Archaeological Institute of Peloponnesian Studies, Tripolis, Arcadia
    Greek Archaeological Service Representatives Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project

Architects

  • Caplan, Asher Undergraduate in Architecture, University of Arizona
    Architects
  • Ford, Alexander Master’s student in Historic Preservation, Columbia University
    Architects
  • Gusick, Audrey Undergraduate in Architecture, University of Arizona
    Architects
  • McKay, Sarah Beth M.A. University of Virginia, Professional Architect
    Architects Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project

Museum Staff

  • Linn, Sarah Registrar, Ph.D. candidate, Graduate Group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania
    Museum Staff Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Diffendale, Dan Ph.D. Candidate in Classical Archaeology, University of Michigan
    Museum Staff Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Gleason, Natalie M.A. in Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona
    Museum Staff
  • Martin, Stephanie Ph.D. student in Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Arizona
    Museum Staff
  • Rolla, Billie M.A. in Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona, Basis School, Tucson, Arizona
    Museum Staff
  • Stephens, Jay Ph.D student in Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Arizona
    Museum Staff

Operations Support

  • Keating, Tom Assistant Director for Logistics and Planning, University of Arizona
    Operations Support Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project University of Arizona

Parrhasian Heritage Park

  • Cassios, Dr. Costas Principal Investigator, Landscape Ecology and Evaluation, Parrhasian Heritage Park, National Technical University, Athens
    Parrhasian Heritage Park Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Barkoulas, Vasilis Undergraduate in the Department of Management, Finance and Communication of Cultural and Tourism Organizations, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece
    Parrhasian Heritage Park
  • Davison, Mark Principal Investigator, Historical Landscape, Parrhasian Heritage Park, Portland Metro Planning, Archaeological Mapping Lab, University of Arizona
    Parrhasian Heritage Park Archaeological Mapping Lab Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Dreyfuss, Lauren Master’s student in GIS, School of Geography, University of Arizona
    Parrhasian Heritage Park Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Jordan, Pam Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin, Germany
    Parrhasian Heritage Park Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Kazantzi, Theofani Undergraduate in the Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras
    Parrhasian Heritage Park
  • Mahoney, Dr. Kyle Ph.D candidate, Graduate Group in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania
    Parrhasian Heritage Park Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Miller, Gabrielle Master’s student in Applied Archaeology, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona
    Parrhasian Heritage Park
  • Pachi, Ioanna Undergraduate in the Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras
    Parrhasian Heritage Park
  • Pantzou, Dr. Nota University of Patras, Cultural Heritage Management and New Tehnologies
    Parrhasian Heritage Park
  • Pihokker, Matt M.A. Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona
    Parrhasian Heritage Park Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Playdon, Patrick Master’s student in Landscape Architecture, Temple University
    Parrhasian Heritage Park
  • Tzounopoulou, Eleni Master’s student in the Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras
    Parrhasian Heritage Park
  • Weber, Alex Undergraduate in Civil Engineering, Minor in Geology, University of Arizona
    Parrhasian Heritage Park

Specialists

  • Davis, Dr. George Principal Investigator, Geological Research, Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
    Specialists Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project University of Arizona
  • Forsén, Dr. Jeannette University of Gothenburg, prehistoric pottery
    Specialists Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Kolb, Christina Archaeological Illustrator, Classics, University of Cincinnati
    Specialists
  • Moses, Vicki University of Arizona, faunal analysis
    Specialists
  • Nordquist, Dr. Gullog University of Uppsala, prehistoric pottery
    Specialists Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Petrakis, Dr. Susan Albuquerque, N.M., prehistoric pottery
    Specialists Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Sapirstein, Dr. Phillip University of Nebraska, roof tiles
    Specialists
  • Stapp, Dr. Nicholas L. Director, Geospatial Research, Archaeological Mapping Lab, University of Arizona
    Specialists Archaeological Mapping Lab Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
  • Steiner, Dr. Ann Franklin and Marshall College, Archaic and Classical pottery
    Specialists