Searching for Neolithic sites in the Bay of Kiladha, Greece

Julien Beck*, Despina Koutsoumba, Dimitris Sakellariou, Morgane Surdez, Flavio Anselmetti, Nikos Papadopoulos, Ioannis Morfis, Ioannis Panagiotopoulos, Grigoris Rousakis, Dimitris Oikonomou, Kleanthis Simyrdanis, Gianluca Cantoro, Athanasios Argyriou, Patrizia Birchler Emery, Ayla Krijnen, Konstantina Tsampouraki-Kraounaki

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Since the excavations at Franchthi Cave in the 1960s and 1970s, the possibility of finding a submerged Neolithic site in the Bay of Kiladha has been discussed. Initial research, based on marine geophysical survey and core sampling, brought contrasted results. Starting in 2012, new parts of the Bay were investigated, using different techniques and improved methods, such as geological-geophysical survey, further core sampling (including the finding of artefacts and anthropogenic indicators of a given date in the cores), shallow water ERT (with an adapted methodology), and underwater excavation. The combined evidence leads to a reconsideration of previous work, to the discovery of submerged structures directly off the cave, which might well be Neolithic walls, and points to the existence of two new submerged sites, one dating to the Neolithic, in the middle of the Bay, and the other to the Final Neolithic/Early Bronze Age I, at Lambayanna. The implications of these findings are discussed as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalQuaternary International
Early online date30 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2021

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the University of Geneva , the Société académique de Genève, the Fondation Moser, the Fondation Arditi, the Honor Frost Foundation , the Fondation Ernst et Lucie Schmidheiny , and Meylan publicité + signalétique.

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  • Franchthi
  • Greece
  • Holocene
  • Lambayanna
  • Neolithic
  • Pleistocene


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