The Thesprotia Expedition

2004 - 2005

Prehistory

Classical and
Roman Times

Medieval and
later finds

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE THESPROTIA EXPEDITION

A Regional, Interdisciplinary Survey Project

in Northwestern Greece

The preliminary results of the first two seasons of the Thesprotia Expedition are as follows.

I. Archaeological survey

Medieval and later finds

Medieval and later pottery has so far been rather scarce in our survey. This may be due in part to the fact that during the Medieval and Early Modern periods the settlements withdrew to locations higher up on the surrounding mountain slopes that are now difficult to survey intensively due to dense vegetation. Pottery from the Medieval period has so far been encountered only in the form of random scatters in survey tracts. On the other hand we have four sites dating to the Early Modern period, two of which are located in the plain and two higher up on the slopes.

The first site (PS 8) is a large industrial installation located close to the Kokytos river in an area rich in good clays. At least six kilns could be identified within the site on the basis of slag densities and soil colours. The slag that was collected has been analysed at the Demokritos laboratory, indicating that roof tiles and/or pottery were manufactured here in the second half of the eighteenth century.

The three other sites are all different in character. One is a small fortified village located high on the slopes of the Paramythia mountain ridge. Another consists of two houses located on the valley floor. The third is located on the lower foothills and is according to local information a seasonal Vlach settlement. The amount and quality of pottery collected is surprisingly poor. 

The Prehistory of the Kokytos Valley

The Kokytos Valley in Classical and Roman Times