Palaeolithic and Palaeoenvironmental Research in the North Aegean
Department of History and Archaeology
This interdisciplinary program aims to unearth and interpret the Palaeolithic archaeology and study the palaeoenvironment of the Middle Pleistocene on Lesbos. A second aim of the program is the promotion of the prehistoric cultural and natural heritage into a reference point for the sustainable economic development of the island. Around Rodafnidia - Lisvori, a Lower Palaeolithic open-air site on the Kalloni Gulf, surface survey, excavation, geoarchaeological and geophysical research are conducted. The investigations in the field and the lab are carried out by an international team of researchers. Archaeological evidence unveiled in fluvial deposits of the shows that Middle Pleistocene hominin activity took place on the shores of a large lake. The unique lithic artifacts show Acheulean affinities and connect the early archaeology of the Aegean to that Africa and Eurasia.
Dimitris Sakellariou (Research director, Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research), George Iliopoulos (Associate Professor of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, University of Patras), Andreas Magganas (Professor of Mineralogy and Lithology, NKUA), Nikos Voulgaris (Professor of Seismology and Applied Geophysics, NKUA), Giannis Alexopoulos (Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Geothermy, 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), 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), Ioanna Valina (Architect, EMP), Despoina Nazou (Social Anthropologist, Post doctorate Researcher, UoC).