Some preliminary notes on the limited 2020 campaign of the Palamas Archaeological Project (PAP)
By Maria Vaïopoulou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa, Greece), Robin Rönnlund (Wenner-Gren fellow, University of Thessaly, Greece), Fotini Tsiouka (Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa, Greece), Derek Pitman (Bournemouth University, United Kingdom), Sotiria Dandou (Swedish Institute at Athens, Greece), Rich Potter (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) & Johan Klange (Kulturmiljö Halland, Sweden)
This paper presents a short summary of archaeological operations carried out in 2020 in the area of the modern village of Vlochos on the western Thessalian plain, Greece, as part of the Palamas Archaeological Project (PAP). Initially, the project aimed to conduct a significant campaign of fieldwork during the 2020 season, but operations were severely scaled back by limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, only a small-scale campaign, aimed at method testing and exploratory investigation, could be carried out. Fieldwork included an evaluation of complimentary geophysical techniques, cleaning operations, and oral history enquiries. The work—despite its limitations—highlighted the value of using multiple geophysical techniques, as well as proving the importance of a systematic cleaning of the site. Overall, the first season of PAP highlighted the productivity of the research project and will act as a strong foundation for the forthcoming field seasons.
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Maria Vaïopoulou, Robin Rönnlund, Fotini Tsiouka, Derek Pitman, Sotiria Dandou, Rich Potter & Johan Klange, ’Some preliminary notes on the limited 2020 campaign of the Palamas Archaeological Project (PAP)’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 14, Stockholm 2021, 55-63. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977799-3-7. Softcover, 478 pages. https://doi.org/10.30549/opathrom-14-04