Zagora Study Day presentations

Professor Alexander Cambitoglou introduced the Zagora Study Day on Saturday 18 April 2015

Professor Alexander Cambitoglou introduced the Zagora Study Day on Saturday 18 April 2015. Photo by Irma Havlicek; © AAIA

by Irma Havlicek
Web Producer

An enthusiastic audience of some eighty people attended the Zagora Study Day on Saturday 18 April 2015.

Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, director of the excavation campaigns at Zagora in the late 1960s and early 70s, and also Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA), spoke briefly about the project and introduced the first presenter, Professor Meg Miller.

As one of the three co-directors (with Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont and Dr Stavros Paspalas) of the Zagora Archaeological Project (ZAP), Meg gave an overview of the aims and aspirations and also the exciting findings of the 2012-2014 excavation and study seasons.
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Bob Miller – Archaeological Photographer

Bob Miller with his artefact photography setup at Andros Archaeological Museum. It was Bob who arranged the lighting for this shot. So, although I framed the photo and clicked the button - the result was only possible because of Bob's skill with photographic lighting

Bob Miller with his artefact photography setup at Andros Archaeological Museum. It was Bob who arranged the lighting for this shot. So, although I framed the photo and clicked the button – the result was only possible because of Bob’s skill with photographic lighting. © AAIA

by Irma Havlicek
Web Content Producer

The Zagora Archaeological Project (ZAP) attracts eminent professionals from archaeology and associated disciplines. Bob Miller, an internationally renowned photographer, is the Zagora Project’s archaeophotographer.

An exhibition of Bob’s photography opens to the public in Canberra on Saturday 18 April – highlighting almost 25 years of his work on archaeological excavations around the world. The exhibition, ‘Beyond the expected’, is on at the University of Canberra, in the foyer of Building 24, on University Drive South. The exhibition closes on Friday 1 May 2015. Sadly, many ZAPpers won’t be able to attend the exhibition opening, and Bob won’t be able to make our Zagora Study Day on Saturday 18 April due to an inadvertent scheduling clash. Further details about the exhibition and more of Bob’s work can be seen at bobmiller.com.
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Zagora study day in Sydney on 18 April 2015

Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont, Professor Meg Miller and Dr Stavros Paspalas at Zagora

The three Zagora Archaeological Project directors at Zagora, from left: Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont, Professor Meg Miller and Dr Stavros Paspalas. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek

by Irma Havlicek

From 9.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday 18 April 2015, the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) and the University of Sydney Department of Archaeology are offering a half-day briefing on their work at the early Iron Age site of Zagora on the island of Andros.

For archaeologists and the general public – feel free to come along and hear reports about this fascinating site.

PROGRAMME

9.30am – Registration and refreshments

10.00am – Professor Margaret Miller – project overview:
The Zagora Archaeological Project 2012-2014

10.45am – Ms Beatrice McLoughlin:
Greek provincial cookery: domestic life at Zagora

11.30am – Morning tea and refreshments

Noon – Dr Stavros Paspalas: Zagora and the wider Aegean

12.45pm – Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont:
Protecting Zagora’s cultural heritage

The briefing will take place at the AAIA, first floor, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney.

Event price is $25 ($10 for students)
Bookings can be made by emailing arts.aaia@sydney.edu.au.

Paul Donnelly, Alex Ribeny, Tasha Nassenstein and Marco Schugk working at Zagora in 2013

From left: Paul Donnelly (trench supervisor), Alex Ribeny, Tasha Nassenstein and Marco Schugk at Zagora in 2013. © PHM; photo by Irma Havlicek

Directors’ overview of the 2012-2014 Zagora Archaeological Project

Interviewing the ZAP directors in the Zagora dig hut

Interviewing the ZAP directors in the Zagora dig hut, from left: Lesley Beaumont, Meg Miller, Stavros Paspalas and Irma Havlicek. © AAIA and Bob Miller; photo by Bob Miller

by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

In the final week of excavations in the last week of October 2014, I spoke to the three directors of the Zagora Archaeological Project (ZAP), Professor Meg Miller, Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont and Dr Stavros Paspalas, to gain an overview of their plans and aspirations for the outcomes of the project.

I talked to them in the dig hut on site at Zagora, with the usual comings and goings of daily archaeological work: archaeologists coming to get equipment from the hut, and to ask for directorial guidance when a tactical decision was required about how to proceed with excavation.

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Faunal remains analysis – another technique to help understand the Zagora settlement

The specialist work of Dr Melanie Fillios, Zooarchaeologist

Dr Melanie Fillios

Dr Melanie Fillios © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek

by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

Dr Melanie Fillios is an archaeologist who specialises in researching faunal remains (animal bones) found during archaeological excavations.

She is not a palaeontologist whose job it is to study animal bones in order to develop an understanding about the development and history of that species of animal. Melanie is a zooarchaeologist whose job is to study the animal remains in order to better understand how those animals impacted upon the lives of the humans among whom they lived – and died.

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Backfilling Zagora trenches

Backfillers silhouetted on the horizon

Heroes on the horizon, from left: Hannah Gwyther, waving the ‘come home’ flag, Steve Vasilakis and Aleese Barron signal completion of the backfilling of trenches at Zagora to ensure they are protected. © AAIA; photo by Susan Wrigley

by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

I left Greece before the backfilling of the Zagora Archaeological Project (ZAP) trenches was completed, so Hannah Gwyther stepped in and took (and arranged others to take) photographs of the process so that we could share them with you on this blog. Thanks again, Hannah! (Most of our archaeologists, including Hannah, worked on the backfilling, although only a few are seen in these photos. I know how hard they will all have worked.)

Each trench that has been excavated was covered with protective geo-textile which was then weighed down with stones. Then soil and more stones are placed over that. The aim is to protect the trenches from any kind of environmental damage, including wind, rain and possible damage from plant roots should plants take seed there.

Now the focus is on research into the finds from the excavations at Zagora in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and the preparation of publications about that research.

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Mel Melnyczek’s second 2014 Zagora trench team – Trench 7

Trench supervisor, Mel Melnyczek

Trench supervisor, Mel Melnyczek. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek

by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

Below is a photo of the team members who worked on Mel Melnyczek’s trench for the second three weeks of the 2014 excavations. The post about the first 2014 Zagora team to work on trench 7 is here.

The 2013 site plan showing locations of excavations trenches in 2013 is at the bottom of this post. This trench is trench number 7 (described last year on this blog as Excavation Area 2).
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Paul Donnelly’s second 2014 Zagora trench team – Trench 6

Trench supervisor, Paul Donnelly

Trench supervisor, Paul Donnelly. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek

by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

Here are some photos of the team who worked on Trench 6 under Paul Donnelly’s supervision for the second three weeks of the 2014 excavations. The post about the first 2014 Zagora team working on trench 6 is here.

The 2013 site plan showing trench locations in 2013 is at the bottom of this post. For more information about this part of Zagora, see last year’s post on Excavation Area 5.

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Ivana Vetta’s second 2014 Zagora trench team – Trench 5

Trench supervisor, Ivana Vetta

Trench supervisor, Ivana Vetta. © AAIA; photo by Irma Havlicek

by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

Here are some photos of the team who worked on Trench 5 under Ivana Vetta’s supervision for the second three weeks of the 2014 excavations. The post about Ivana’s first 2014 Zagora trench team is here.

The 2013 site plan, showing the 2013 trench locations, is at the bottom of this post. Trench 5 was described on this blog last year as Excavation Area 1.

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Kristen Mann’s second 2014 Zagora trench team – Trench 4

Kristen Mann, centre, wearing green, with her trench team members, from left: Lachlan Chisholm, Andrew Smith and Elaine Lin

Kristen Mann, centre, wearing green, with her trench team members, from left: Lachlan Chisholm, Andrew Smith and Elaine Lin.

by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer

Here are some photos of the team who worked on Trench 4 under Kristen Mann’s supervision for the second three weeks of the 2014 excavations. The post about Kristen’s first 2014 Zagora trench team is here.

The 2013 site plan showing the 2013 trench locations is at the bottom of this post. This trench is trench number 4, described last year on this blog as Excavation Area 4.

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