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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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    Insula I, Maison D, autel orné de peintures liturgiques.
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    Kifissia, Kifissias Avenue 313 (O.T. 167, Sector III, property of P. Chalari). Maria Stefanopoulou (B' ????) reports on the discovery of a Hellenistic and Roman house, and a Byzantine workshop (Fig. 1). Part of a building consisting of rubble walls and a courtyard was excavated and dated in the Late Hellenistic period. Contemporary to the building is a rock-cut drain. In Roman times, the building was extended, since more walls were constructed. These are rubble walls with tiles. Contemporary to this phase is a cairn found east of the building and a pi-shaped drain. In the Late Byzantine period the building appears to have been converted into a workshop, since two kilns were excavated - one inside the building (Fig. 2) and the second outside. The kilns contained Late Byzantine pottery sherd
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