Sikyon survey project

The 2007 season

Archaeological survey - introduction

Digitized map of the plateau with the squares covered during the 2004-2007 seasons.

It was carried out from July 1 to 28 with the participation of four experienced archaeologists and 17 students. We covered a total of 767 squares, 176 in the Upper Plateau, 362 in the Northern Plateau, and 229 in the Southern Plateau, which correspond to an overall surface of 25 hectares.

In the storeroom we continued the processing of the pottery according to shape and fabric.

The majority of pottery collected thus far dates from the early Hellenistic to the middle Roman times (early 3rd cent. BC to mid-3rd cent. AC), whereas we have very few sherds dated to the Classical and late-Roman times and even less to earlier and later periods (with the exception of SP82). Many kinds of ceramic wares are represented, cook, table and storage vessels, but fine pottery is limited.

Macroscopic observation of the fabric and subsequent petrographic analysis of selected samples in the Fitch lab of the British School has shown that the majority of coarse wares is made of a coarse silicate fabric and is locally produced. This is especially important given our limited knowledge of centers of ceramic production in Corinthia outside Corinth.

Conor Trainor and Joey Lillywhite sort through pottery in the storeroom yard.

Vangelio Kyriatzi, Conor Trainor and Elli Tzavella with samples of Sikyonian pottery in the Fitch lab of the British School.