Markiani Amorgos Survey 1985-1987
In late August (24-26 and 30) 1985, surface survey and cleaning works were undertaken, focused mainly on Terrace 1. Several cuttings were noted in this scarp, which were numbered from west to east, 1 to 4. Sherds were visible around the roots of the large bushes growing out of the clefts in the rocks that define the cuttings. A considerable quantity of surface material was recovered, including potsherds, spindle-whorls, metal fragments, obsidian, stone rubbers and seashells. Preliminary reconnaissance in 1986 indicated that archaeological materials principally of EC date were scattered over a considerable area around the central hilltop at Markiani, particularly spreading down the steep terraces to the south. Systematic surface collections were made during two weeks in 1987, across the entire area covered by archaeological materials. Collection stopped when the density of surface material dropped to the level of the background scatter of artefacts in adjacent areas. To the east and west, the collection area was further defined by the direction of the slope; all of the area where material could have washed down from the concentration on the Markiani hilltop was investigated. To the south, collection stopped at a series of broad, relatively flat terraces halfway to the sea, acting as a sediment trap for the material washing from above; very few sherds were identified on the slopes below.
Active from 1985 to 1987.
Markiani Amorgos Survey 1985-1987 (Project)Markiani Amorgos Survey 1985-1987: Season 1985 (Survey)
Markiani Amorgos Survey 1985-1987: Season 1986 (Survey)
Markiani Amorgos Survey 1985-1987: Season 1987 (Survey)
Marangou, Professor Lila
Renfrew, Professor Andrew Colin
Marangou, Lila, et al. 2006. Markiani, Amorgos: an Early Bronze Age Fortified Settlement: Overview of the 1985-1991 Investigations. 40. xvi, 296 p.
Marangou, Lila. The discovery of the settlement and the 1985 investigation, in Marangou, Lila, et al. Markiani, Amorgos: an Early Bronze Age Fortified Settlement: Overview of the 1985-1991 Investigations. 3-8. Direct link