Department of History and Archaeology
The program explores and interprets the Palaeolithic archaeology of Lesbos. To this end interdisciplinary investigations comprising surface survey, excavation, geoarchaeological and geophysical research are conducted by an international team at the Kalloni Gulf and south Lesbos. Since 2012 systematic excavations at Rodafnidia-Lisvori, a Lower Palaeolithic open-air site, yield evidence of hominin activity in a Middle Pleistocene fluvio-lacustrine setting. The main finds are unique Acheulean artifacts (Large Cutting Tools such as handaxes, trihedral and cleavers) that connect the early archaeology of the Aegean to that of Africa and Eurasia.
George Iliopoulos (Associate Professor of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, University of Patras), Andreas Magganas (Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology, NKUA), Lee Arnold (Senior Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia), Matt Cupper (Earth Sciences Dept., University of Melbourne), Robyn Inglis (Geoarchaeologist, Post-doctorate researcher, University of York, UK), Theodore Karampaglidis (geologist, Post-doctorate researcher, CENIEH, Spain), Elli Karkazi (PhD Candidate in Archaeology, UoC), Peny Tsakanikou (PhD Candidate in Archaeology, University of Southampton), Panagiotis Zervoudakis (PhD Candidate in Archaeology, UoC), Georgia Beka (PhD Candidate in Archaeology, UoC), Andreas Aravanis (Surveyοr, EMP), Aggeliki Papachryssou (Surveyor, MSc University of the Aegean)