Crete. Excavations and research projects

On the occasion of the recent successful archaeological exhibition “Crete. Emerging Cities: Aptera - Eleutherna-Knossos”


Free admission | Starting time: 19:00
Priority will be respected (Time of arrival:18:30)
Museum of Cycladic Art, 4, Neophytou Douka str.
Auditorium, 5th floor


On the occasion of the recent successful archaeological exhibition “Crete. Emerging Cities: Aptera - Eleutherna-Knossos”, organised at the Museum of Cycladic Art in 2018, the new circle of lectures deals with the extensive excavations and research projects on the island conducted by the Ephorates of Antiquities/Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as by the Foreign Archeological Schools and the University of Crete, which are active on the island.

To the Lectures participate:
| Ephorate of Antiquities of Lasithi
| Ephorate of Antiquities of Rethymnon
| Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania
| American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA)
| Belgian School at Athens (EBSA)
| British School at Athens (BSA)
| French School at Athens (EfA)
| Italian School of Archaeology at Athens (SAIA)
| Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP)
| University of Crete

The new series of lectures are part of the wider Circle of Archaeological Lectures on the archaeological research carried out in Greece by the Ephorates of Antiquities/Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the other Greek and Foreign Institutions, which is organised by the Museum in recent years, with free admission for the scholars’ community and the wide public. Since 2013, archaeologists from the Ephorates of Antiquities of Attica, Boeotia, Euboea and Phokis have presented a series of papers on their recent excavations, as well as on the multifaceted conservation, restoration and protection-promotion work for the archaeological treasures of their region. 

All papers presented in the lectures are then published in the series Αρχαιολογικές Συμβολές (“Archaeological Contributions”) of the Museum of Cycladic Art. The papers of the 2019-2020 Circle of Lectures will be published in this series under the general title "CRETE".


Monday 2.12
Chrysa Sofianou
“An unplundered Late Minoan IIIA-B chamber tomb at Kentri village near Ierapetra”

The unplundered Late Minoan IIIA-B chamber tomb found in 2018 at Kentri near Ierapetra is the subject of the lecture of Chrysa Sofianou, Head of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lasithi.
Monday 9.12
Professor Jan Driessen
“In the Shadow of the Minotaur-Recent Excavations at Sissi (Lasithi, Crete)”

Professor Jan Driessen's lecture presents the two five-year excavation, survey and study projects which have been conducted since 2007 at Sissi (Lasithi, Crete) by a team of the Catholic University of Louvain, under the auspices of the Belgian School at Athens.
Monday 16.12
Chrysa Sofianou − Thomas Brogan − Melissa Eaby – Ioannis Papadatos
“Rock Art and Round Buildings in Eastern Crete: the Case of Final Neolithic Sopata and Early Minoan Mesorachi”

The talk is an overview of recent fieldwork at Sopata and Mesorachi between 2013 and 2016. Geographically this region of eastern Crete forms a natural boundary on the north coast between the Mirabello and Siteia Bays, which for most of the island’s history was a sparsely inhabited periphery.



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