Small Worlds, Large Worlds: Constructing Place in a Rural Frontier of Ancient Athens [The Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project (KASP)]

Spring 2021 Grant Recipient

Anastasia Dakouri-Hild (Aegean and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology)

The project explores the ancient landscape of Aphidna near Athens, Greece, examining the diachronic link between landscape, human experience and inhabitation (2000 BCE-present) and evaluating its contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of ancient Athens (especially in the 8th-5th c. BCE). The project attempts to fill knowledge gaps about rural life in ancient Attica, illuminating the role of its frontiers, deepening an understanding of diachronic habitation in the study area from prehistory to the present, and giving local communities an active role in contributing to said knowledge. It utilizes a combination of conventional archaeological field work (survey), architectural, historical and ethnographic analysis, as well as geophysics, geology and remote sensing.