The 2012 excavation campaign, under the direction of Dr Metaxia Tsipopoulou, was conducted 13 May through 16 June. The cataloging of finds and study were conducted at the INSTAP Study Center, 20 June through 30 August.

Trench supervisors were M. Tsipopoulou, Director emerita, National Archive of Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Garifalia Kostopoulou (member of the Petras team), Dr Maria Relaki, Lecturer, Open University, Nottingham, U.K., Sarah Peterson, Ariel Pearce-Chalikias and Brian Kunkel (Ph.D. students, Temple University, Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Sarah Linn and Nurith Goshen (Ph.D. students, Pennsylvania University, Philadelphia, U.S.A.).  Photographers and area supervisors were M. Tsipopoulou, G. Kostopoulou, and Dr Susan C. Ferrence (Director of publications, INSTAP Academic Press, Philadelphia, U.S.A). Conservations was by Clio Zervaki (24th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities), Dr Stephania Chlouveraki (Director of Conservation at the Instap Study Center), and Anna Tsoupra. Chronis Papanikolopoulos (Instap Study Center), took aerial photos at the sites and studio photos of the finds. 14 workers participated at the excavation and two more workers washed the pottery. The funding of the project was by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (U.S.A.).

According to the five-year plan approved by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the 2012 campaign aimed at:

  • Completing the excavation of House Tomb (HT) 5.
  • Completing the excavation of Votive Deposit 1, to the east of HT2.
  • Excavation of a room of HT4.
  • Completion of the excavation of Votive Deposit 2.
  • Excavation of a room of HT1.

   All the above mentioned goals were achieved (except for the completion of the excavation of Votive Deposit 2, which will be completed in 2013.



A room of HT9 was excavated.


The LM III platform to the NE of the LM III megaron was excavated.


Stratigraphical trenches were excavated along the west wall of the LM III megaron.


A new house tomb was identified to the north of HT9, and its excavation started.


The excavation of HT10 started.


The excavation of HT11 started.


The badly preserved remains of HT 13 were excavated.

Dr Miriam G. Clinton (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A). using a Diferential Global Positioning System – DGPS and a Geographical Information Systems – GIS, geo-referred all the architectural plans of the cemetery. This new methodology minimizes possible mistakes in drawings and allows for the highwst possible quality of the drawings for publication. 


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