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Phylakopi Excavation 1911


The excavation at Phylakopi by R.M. Dawkins of the British School at Athens was aimed at supplementing the results from the earlier excavations of 1896-1899. After excavating at Palaikastro on Crete (1904-1910) and taking advantage of the new prehistoric chronology developed there, it was felt that the significant Bronze Age finds of Phylakopi needed to be re-examined. At the beginning of the excavation a few trial pits were made to explore the lower levels in parts of the site which had been previously dug, notably underneath the Palace and in the region to the north of it on the edge of the cliff, where the earliest remains had been found. The results provided a good idea of the stratification, and produced a number of vases. However, no buildings of importance were found underneath the Palace. A substantial area of the town which had been hardly touched before was cleared down to bedrock. This was the region in the south-east part of the town, just inside the eastern part of the great wall, the squares H4, H5, J4, J5 that appear on the excavation plan. The surface of this area was practically flat, and proved to have been terraced at some period since the desertion of the site. In consequence of this the houses were somewhat destroyed to the north, but excellently preserved to the south at the outer edge of the terrace. A complete plan of the site was made.

Active in 1911.

Phylakopi Excavation 1911 (Fieldwork)

Phylakopi Excavation 1911 (Excavation)

Dawkins, Mr Richard McGillivray