The Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project 2007–2010

the intensive surface survey — Eleon

Vassilis Aravantinos, Brendan Burke, Bryan Burns, Susan Lupack, Yannis Fappas, Camilla MacKay

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293–357
Number of pages64
JournalMouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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