The Roman Peasant Project seeks to uncover the lived experience of the peasantry in the Roman period: their diet, economic activities, and social networks. We exploit a combination of field survey, geophysical exploration and targeted, rescue-style excavation, and place these results alongside evidence gleaned from historical, zoo-archaeological, archaeo-botanical and geological sources. Our aim is to produce 'thick descriptions' of the lives of the poorest rural inhabitants of this world, who formed perhaps as much as 90% of the population of the Mediterranean in antiquity.
Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) focuses on Kalamianos, a Mycenaean harbor town of the 13th century BCE, unique for the extensive surface preservation of architectural foundations and walls. Kalamianos may have been Mycenae’s main Saronic harbor, and is perhaps the Eionai listed in the Homeric Catalogue of Ships.
The University of Pennsylvania expedition, which began excavation at Kourion in 1934, brought to light evidence of all these phases of activity in the Kourion area: Neolithic at Sotira Teppes, Bronze and Iron Ages at Bamboula and Kaloriziki, Archaic period at the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, the Hellenistic and Roman periods in the main city site on the acropolis, in the Sanctuary of Apollo and at the cemetery of Ayios Ermoyenis, and the Late Roman and Early Christian eras at the basilica and the Eustolios complex with their well preserved mosaics.
Gordion (Turkey) Paleoethnobotanical and "Ecopark" Project: Appreciating plants in Central Anatolia.
The Granicus River Valley Archaeological Survey Project focuses on an area of northwestern Turkey that was controlled by both Greeks and Persians during the first millennium BCE. Looting there has become increasingly rampant due to the gold and silver objects still preserved in many of the tombs, and the new survey represents the first attempt to record and map both the settlements and burial mounds in this region.
The survey found major shifts in the settlement patterns of the island. The Punic and Roman periods developed a landscape of several urban centers within a countryside of villas and farms.