Vlochos Archaeological Project

Greek-Swedish archaeological fieldwork in the Kardítsa region, Thessaly

Category: Preparations

New year

After the somewhat stressful period around Christmas, things have now calmed down, and we have been able to start planning for the upcoming fieldwork at Vlochós. We managed to get our basic funding for 2017 right in the middle of the media circus of December, so we are now looking forward to the second season of VLAP.

Our main goal for the 2017 season will be the completion of the geophysical and architectural surveys at the site of Strongilovoúni. We will hopefully be able to survey the area of Pátoma at a greater pace, as we will have access to two magnetometers instead of just one.

We were happy to learn that Angelos Ntavadzikos, our tractor master, will join us for the geophysical prospection this year as well. His precision and ingenuity is highly regarded by the team.

Our next point on the agenda, however, is to attend the annual meeting of the Swedish Institute at Athens in late March. The preliminary results of VLAP will be presented in the lecture hall of the Acropolis Museum together with the other projects involving Swedish archaeologists. We are very much looking forward to it. If only the weather in Greece could get a little better!

Three weeks left

Half of the VLAP team will depart from Gothenburg by car on the 1st of September for an adventurous road-trip through most of Europe. For all of us to fly down via Athens would be impossible as we need to bring some of the university’s heavy and bulky equipment.

We are very exited about this project, which is not just a new prógramma, but the first Swedish archaeological project in Thessaly, and probably the first foreign such in the regional unit of Kardítsa.

Sweden is rainy and cold at the moment, it feels like autumn is close at hand. The heat of the Western Thessalian plains, however, might be severe, and we hope for “something in the middle”.

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll test most of our equipment such as the MALÅ georadar borrowed from the generous department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg. We aim at having a clear picture of the ground beneath the big lawn in front of the Faculty of Humanities when we are finished…

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