Aphidnes in northern Attica was in Classical times one of the fortresses that protected Athens from enemies in the north. The excavation by Samuel Wide and Lennar Kjellberg in the fall of 1894, however, focused on a tumulus from the Middle Bronze Age with 13 partly plundered burials of different types. What remains of the finds is kept in the National Arcaheological Museum in Athens.Read more...

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The rocky peninsula of Kastraki near modern Tolon in the Argolid was identified as the ancient Asine by its first excavators Axel W. Persson and Otto Frödin. The site was continuously occupied from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity. It was excavated between 1922 and 1930 and again in the 1970s and 1980s. Finds from Asine are now kept in the Nauplion Museum, in the Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala and in the Museum of Mediterranean Antiquities in Stockholm.Read more...

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Berbati Valley

A Bronze Age tholos tomb in the Berbati Valley to the east of Mycenae was excavated by Axel W. Persson in 1935, and excavations at various sites in the valley were continued by his students Åke Åkerström, Gösta Säflund and Erik Holmberg in the late 1930s and again in the 1950s. The first ever Swedish archaeological surface survey was conducted in the valley between 1988 and 1990. It was followed by small-scale investigations at a number of sites in the 1990s. Some finds from the Swedish excavations in Berbati are exhibited in the Nauplion Museum, while the remainder is stored in the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae.Read more...

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The Bronze Age necropolis of Dendra has been associated with the nearby citadel of Midea. Rich tombs were excavated there by Axel W. Persson in the 1930s and again by Paul Åström in collaboration with Nikolaos Verdelis in the 1960s. Among the finds is the famous Dendra cuirass, now exhibited in the Nauplion Museum. Other finds from Dendra are exhibited and stored in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.Read more...

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The Sanctuary of Poseidon at Kalaureia on the island of Poros was the first ever Swedish excavation site in Greece. It was excavated by Samuel Wide and Lennart Kjellberg in the summer of 1894, and continuously by the Swedish Institute at Athens since 1997. Finds from the sanctuary are kept in the Poros Archaeological Museum and partly in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.Read more...

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The hilltop settlement of Malthi in Messenia was occupied from the Middle Bronze Age to the early part of the Late Bronze Age. The entire site was excavated by Natan Valmin in the 1920s and 1930s and again by the Swedish Institute at Athens since 2015. Finds are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Kalamata.Read more...

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The Bronze Age citadel of Midea in the Argolid was briefly investigated by Axel W. Persson in 1939, and again since 1983 by the Swedish Institute at Athens in collaboration with Katie Demakopoulou, former director of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Finds ranging in date from the Early Helladic to Late Antiquity are kept in the Nauplion Museum.Read more...

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Terracotta figurine
Terracotta figurine from the Late Helladic settlement at Asine
Handmade jug
Miniature handmade jug from grave 18, Lower town, Asine
Geometric skyphos from entrance deposit at the acropolis of Asine
Collar-necked jar
Collar-necked jar decorated with antithetic loop from Necropolis I at Barbouna, Asine

About Pragmata

The PRAGMATA database was developed within the project Archive and Database of Swedish Archaeological Research in Greece, a collaboration between The Swedish Institute at Athens, Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. The objectives of the project were two-fold: to create a database of all finds from Swedish archaeological excavations in Greece; and to collect all field documentation from the excavations to the archive of the Swedish Institute at Athens.

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For Scholars

If you are interested in studying any finds kept in Greece, contact the Swedish Institute at Athens for further instructions. Study permits are given by the museums where the finds are exhibited or stored, but a letter of consent by the Swedish Institute at Athens needs to be submitted with the application. For finds kept in Sweden, please contact the responsible Swedish institution.

After completed studies we are grateful for any new data that can be added to the database.

Last modified: Thu Jul 7 17:44:03 CEST 2016