Text and Letters

The British School supports research into all aspects of the Greek language from Linear B to text messaging.

Knossos Gypsades excavations

Knossos Gypsades is a synergasia between the Herakleion Ephoreia and the British School at Athens, directed by Ioanna Sepretsidaki (Herakleion Ephoreia), Eleni Hatzaki (Cincinnati), Amy Bogaard (Oxford), and Gianna Ayala (Sheffield) under the auspices of the British School at Athens.

Knossos Gypsades

Lower Gypsades hill probably marks the southern limit of the suburban settlement of Bronze Age Knossos. Its northernmost terrace, immediately above the Vlychia Stream, contains the remains of the enigmatic Caravanserai complex, with the Viaduct’ immediately northwest, while the terraces above and to the east appear to have supported residential structures, such as the ‘House of the High Priest’.

Knossos Urban Landscape Project

The Knossos Urban Landscape Project, a collaboration between the Ephoreia (ΚΓ'ΕΠΚΑ) of the Hellenic Archaeological Service and the British School at Athens, is an intensive surface survey of the ancient city of Knossos and its associated cemeteries. 

Kenchreai Quarries Survey

At Kenchreai in the Corinthia, Christopher Hayward (Edinburgh) directed a intensive pick-up survey in the ancient limestone quarries since 2013.  


Investigation of the Late Bronze-Early Iron Age settlement at Xeropolis. Analysis of houses and pits in the vicinity of the Megara; architectural studies.



Palaikastro is located at the eastern end of the island of Crete and has a rich history as a Minoan City and the locale of the Sanctuary of Diktaian Zeus. Study for publication is currently underway on the results of excavations conducted at Palaikastro in the 1980s and 1990s. A geophysical survey in 2001 revealed anomalies consistent with substantial Minoan architecture.

The Ceramic Industry of Eretria.

A programme of petrographic and chemical analysis of Bronze Age to Late Roman pottery from Eretria aiming to characterise  local production, on- and off-island exchange and the mobility of craftsmen and technology.


Investigation of a high-altitude settlement dating to the Late Bronze-Early Iron age transition. 

Knossos Kephala

Project Summary

The Knossos Kephala Project (KKP) has two main objectives: first, to map and reconstruct the subsurface (i.e. Neolithic-MM) stratigraphy and features of the Kephala Hill at Knossos; second, to publish the Neolithic stratigraphy, architecture and ceramics from the excavations of Arthur Evans and Duncan Mackenzie at Knossos.


Excavation of two 'special'(ritual) Early Bronze Age deposits on the shore at Kavos, and of an Early Bronze Age settlement on the neighbouring islet of Dhaskalio.  As a result of continuing study in 2009, an extensive 3-phase EBA settlement at Dhaskalio is now seen to have flourished after the main use of the special deposits. The results of specialist studies include a rare find of the domesticated olive.


The Plataia Urban Mapping Project

Between 1998 and 2009 a large-scale geophysical survey has mapped the Late Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine town of Plataia in Boiotia. The aim was to produce as complete as possible a ground plan of the town.


Pottery production and supply in post-palatial Crete

A large-scale analytical study of mainly coarse wares from two sites in central Crete (Knossos and Sybrita). Through the study of the production and supply systems, the project sheds light on social developments during the early 1st millennium BC, from the gradual abandonment and destruction of many sites on the island to the emergence of the polis from the 8th century BC onwards.

Koutroulou Magoula, Phthiotida

Excavation of a Middle Neolithic settlement, combined with an archaeological-ethnographical study, conducted in collaboration with the 14th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, under the Directorship of Dr Aikaterini Kyparissi-Apostolika (Director Emerita, Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Spelaeology of Southern Greece) and in collaboration with Prof. Yannis Hamilakis (University of Southampton). 


Investigation of the Archaic-Hellenistic settlement. Post-excavation study of primarily Hellenistic material from the area of the andreion.

Aegean-Balkan-Anatolian connections on the transition from the 2nd to the 1st c. BC.

A cross-disciplinary project into the role of mainly of central Macedonia and coastal Anatolia in the Aegean networks during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, focusing on issues of migration, identity, the transfer of technological knowledge and the reproduction of craft traditions and consumption practices in the context of interregional contacts and colonization.

The dawn of ‘large-scale’ metal production in the EBA southern Aegean

Although metal artefacts already appear in Late Neolithic contexts in the Aegean, their visibility in the archaeological record increases significantly during the Early Bronze Age (EBA). In addition, several sites with substantial quantities of metallurgical remains dating to this period have been identified in the southern Aegean, suggesting relatively large-scale local production of copper, lead, and silver.


Underwater survey of an extensive BA settlement. Work in 2009 revealed ca. 150 square metres of new buildings, extended the chronology of occupation from final Neolithic-LBA (with Classical and Hellenistic reoccupation), and identified an EBA monumental structure. A collaboration with the Ephoreia of Underwater Antiquities and the Hellenic Centre for Maritime Research.


Kythera Island Project

A large scale cross-disciplinary project focusing on the study of the long-term cultural and environmental history of a Mediterranean island and its place in a wider world. Innovative methodologies have been developed and applied by the Fitch Laboratory for the diachronic and multi-scalar study of the island’s technological landscapes. 

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Geophysical survey in the area of a Roman rural settlement.

Completion of post excavation study of finds from the Neolithic settlement.

Directors: Prof. C. Mee, Prof. W. Cavanagh, Prof. J. Renard.

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