A history of research

An initial excavation was undertaken in 1915 by the Greek archaeologist J. Hatzidakis, who identified in the ruins a Minoan palace similar to the one at Knossos.

He invited the French School at Athens to carry on the research, which was done from 1922 onwards, under the direction of J. Charbonneaux and then F. Chapouthier, who completed the uncovering of the building in 1930. Investigations and additional surveys were carried out there until 1992.

From 1930 the necropolises and the town’s residential areas (designated by letters of the Greek alphabet) were explored by the FSA’s French and foreign members.

A systematic survey of the plain around the town was carried out in 1989.


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Olympia, Strefi
Olympia, Strefi. Konstantinos Nikoletzos (Z’ EPKA) reports on the discovery of a Late Helladic IIIA2-B2 cemetery including 18 graves of four different types. The first were chamber tombs, circular or rectangular in plan along with one in which the sides were rounded off, carved into the bedrock (Figs. 1, 2, 3). The pits within the chamber were also carved into the bedrock floor and were aligned...
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