THE APOLLO SANCTUARY AND THE LATE ROMAN SETTLEMENT IN HALASARNA (KOS). THE HISTORY OF AN ANCIENT SANCTUARY, ITS DECLINE AND ITS FINAL TRANSFORMATION INTO A LATE ROMAN/EARLY CHRISTIAN SETTLEMENT

Abstract: 

Kos, the third island in size of the Dodecanese, is situated between the islands of Kalymnos and Nisyros, at the mouth of the ancient Kerameios Gulf. Halasarna lies in the area occupied today by the modern seaside village of Kardamena, on the south-eastern coast of the island and in antiquity it was the centre of the demos of Halasarnitae, one of the six demoi of the Coan island polity.

Since 1985 the Department of Archaeology and History of Art of the University of Athens has been carrying out systematic excavations at the Sanctuary of Apollo and Heracles at Halasarna and the subsequent Late Roman settlement with important discoveries (25 preliminary publications). More recently, an intensive survey under the auspices of the same department that took place in the wider territory of the ancient deme, has contributed significantly to an enhanced understanding of the region's historical trajectory through time (5 preliminary publications).

Our research proposal has three main objectives:

  1. the conservation of the architectural remains and of all portable finds,
  2. the archaeometric analysis of the pottery, the metal finds, the human and animal bones, the plant rests, the main stone types, and determine their their provenance from Coan or other quarries,
  3. the publication of all finds from the Prehistoric down to the end of the Late Roman period (mid. 7th c. A.D.), when the whole region of Halasarna was deserted: the architectural remains and all portable finds (pottery, sculpture, glass and metal objects, small finds). Due for delivery are going to be within the next five years a total of 8 monographs, 1 Ph.D. and in 3 papers, and
  4. after the much needed conservation of the architectural remains, the archaeological site can become accessible to the general public and the finds will be displayed in a local museum.

Project info

Acronym:
HALASARNA
Scientific Coordinator:
Kokkorou-Alevras Georgia
Research Team 2 Leader:
Kalopisi-Verti Sofia
Research Team 3 Leader:
Lambropoulos Vasilios
Research Team 4 Leader:
Maniatis Ioannis

Stats

I.D.:
1074
Mis:
375877
Duration (months):
47
Budget:
600 000.00
Diavgeia:
ΑΔΑ: Β49Ι9-ΣΓΩ

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