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    Research into the paleogeographical evolution of Malia's plain began again in 2015, with new studies in the marsh bordering the site of the Minoan city: 11 sediment cores were taken (from a depth of 4 to 8 metres) under the guidance of Laurent Lespez (UPEC-UMR 8591 CNRS) and Maia Pomadère (Université Paris 1-ArScAn), with the collaboration of Jean-François Berger (CNRS-UMR 5600, Lyon) and Arthur Glais (Université de Caen).
    Plan du sondage
    Malia, topographical plan of the Marsh's outlines. Drawn up by L. Fadin © FSA

    These cores are currently the subject of multi-parameter analyses and radiocarbon dating, which will enable researchers to determine how the marsh evolved from the Neolithic period until today. 
    Several preliminary observations have, however, already been formulated: the marshy sequences present in the sediment cores confirm that Malia’s marsh was from the middle Neolithic period (6th millennium) a low marsh supplied by freshwater streams. The precise study of sedimentary facies should provide the keys to understanding the impact of unusual hydro-climatic or tectonic events, such as storm flooding, as suggested by a clear change in the rhythm of sedimentation like that which occurred in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC.

    These preliminary results still need to be refined and/or confirmed by the results of sedimentological, geochemical or pollen analyses currently in progress.   

    M. Pomadère © FSA

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    Thasos - Acropole ; Athénaion (sanctuaire d'Athéna), GTh 65 - L10034-018

    rempart sanctuaire, mur, trace, rocher, parement interne Matériau : marbre,
    Archimage is intended to gradually put online the graphic and photographic documents, kept in the Archives service of FSA.

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    Eleusis, Drainage works. Kalliopi Papaggeli (?' ????) and Chrysanthi Tzavali (?' ????) report on the antiquities found during extensive works on the local drainage system (Figs. 1, 2). On Kontouli and Hatzigeorgiou parts of Roman buildings, and Hellenistic and Archaic walls were found. On Miaouli Roman walls, floors and drains, as well as a Hellenistic retaining wall were revealed. The latter could have supported an ancient road. On Thanasoulopoulou, a kiln and three burials were found. The latter are 1 tile grave and 2 inurned cremations, one of which is Late Archaic. On Kimonos 2 Roman walls and a Roman cist grave were found. On Keleou 2 Late Archaic inurned cremations were excavated. On Stathi 10 Hellenistic-Roman burials (7 tile graves and 3 cist graves) were revealed. On Lysikratous a
    A collaborative project with the BSA.