Ancient Eleon, adjacent to the modern village of Arma in the agricultural plain east of Thebes, is the most significant settlement site included in the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project surface survey. This article presents material collected from the systematic survey of the site between 2007 and 2009. The pottery and small finds suggest three major periods of occupation: the Late Helladic (LH), Archaic–Classical, and Medieval. Quantified analysis of the diagnostic material indicates that the most sustained activity occurred during the Mycenaean era, in both the palatial period (LH III A–B), when the political authority based in Thebes exerted a strong influence over the area, and during the post-palatial period (LH IIIC). In the latter period, there is no more evidence for a centralized political authority operating out of Thebes, and Eleon was presumably an independent entity.
|Number of pages||64|
|Journal||Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|