Descoeudres Jean Paul
Swiss Archaeological School/ University of Geneva
Eretria in the seventh century B.C.
Euboean-and often specifically Eretrian-pottery, widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean during the Late Geometric period, suddenly ceases to be exported around 700 bc. Some scholars have proposed to link this phenomenon to the legendary Lelantine War and assume that Eretria, after being defeated by Chalcis and its allies, withdrew from the international scene. It has even been suggested that the city suffered destruction and temporary abandonment at the beginning of the 7th century.
The paper proposes to contrast this image with the evidence brought to light by the excavations carried out in the city since systematic excavations started in 1964.