SE Melos Survey
Topographic sketch map of SE Melos.
The area of the survey licence was subdivided into convenient sectors for the systematic survey of geological and archaeological features potentially related to mineral exploitation in antiquity. ‘Observation Points’ located by GPS are shown in the above figure. This Survey was completed in September 2002 and a large number of significant observations made at over 300 ‘Observation Points’.
The archaeological survey of all mining features was undertaken with a view to establishing the 'industrial' organisation of industrial mineral production in Roman/Classical times. This involved the 'field-walking' survey of a c. 10 km2 area of intense mining activity over a long time-span. The results incorporating geographic, geological and archaeological data and including 1200 digital photographs have been compiled in a Microsoft Access database. The relationship of archaeological remains to mining activities was recorded and is currently being assessed.
Student survey team (Dietta and Anna) recording a ‘tunnel’ feature, the entrance to a probable rock-cut tomb. Differentiating the use of diverse 'tunnels' located in the area is a major problem.
The SE Melos Survey: September 2002
E.Photos-Jones, A.J. Hall and J. Atkinson.
Joint Project: Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division and Scottish Analytical Services for Art and Archaeology.
Funding: British Academy; Silver & Barytes Mining Company, Athens; Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; Society of Antiquaries of London; British School at Athens; and the University of Glasgow.
We are grateful to the following field survey volunteers for their hard-work and commitment to collecting the large amount of systematic data: David Sneddon, Kylie Seretis, Avril McRobb, Stephen Digney (from Glasgow); Dimitri Grigoropoulos (Durham); Anna Klys (Poland / Athens); Dieta Svoboda (Austria / Athens); and Erol Kavountzis (USA / Athens).