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.