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Boeoetia Project

Boeoetia Project
Researchers: Prof. dr. John Bintliff
Boeotia
1978-present
Between 1978 and 1991 John Bintliff and Anthony Snodgrass directed a regional archaeological study of large areas of the ancient province of Boeotia in Central Greece, an hour north of Athens. This Boeotia Project was essentially an exercise in Landscape Archaeology aiming to reconstruct the history of human settlement and land use in one of the most important historical regions of prehistoric, ancient and medieval Greece using surface mapping of pottery sherds and architectural debris. Apart from studying more than 50 square kilometres of the agricultural countryside, the Project analyzed three ancient cities Thespiae, Haliartos and Hyettos, and a village-town at Askra. These areas and locations lay in the south-central and northern areas of Boeotia. It proved possible to show great contrasts and developments in the long-term history of these districts and centres of population. A second major theme of the Project was to uncover the history of the traditional villages of the province, combining archives from the 16th to the 19th century with fieldwork on deserted village sites. The preliminary results from this first Boeotia Project have been widely published (cf. Bintliff and Snodgrass 1985, 1988; Bintliff 1995) When John Bintliff moved from England to take up the Chair of Classical Archaeology in Leiden, the need to find good field-training opportunities for the students of Archaeology there and the potential for new research in Boeotia brought him back to the region with a new project. It soon appeared necessary to invite a colleague with whom he had worked on a regional study in Croatia, to bring his own special expertise to enrich the methods being applied Bozidar Slapsak, a Professor of Roman Archaeology in the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Thus was born in 2000 the Leiden-Ljubljana Ancient Cities of Boeotia Project.
Regions: Greek Mainland
Periods: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Late Roman, Medieval, Post-Medieval
Institutes: Leiden University