Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project

(AINSAP)

 
 

The Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project seeks to explore the dynamic nature of the socio-political and economic landscape of the Late Bronze Age Aegean. This project has three primary goals: to study and publish the artifactual deposits and architectural remains from the Northern Sector at Ayia Irini, Kea; to re-evaluate current models of acculturation during the late Middle and early Late Bronze Ages; and to explore the impact of, and reaction to, these broader, regional developments on the intra-site level.


In doing so, the co-directors have solicited the collaboration of the following specialists to contribute in the discussion on Minoanization by studying a range of artifactual assemblages: Joanne Cutler (weaving and spinning technology, stone vases), Myrto Georgakopoulou (metallurgy), Jill Hilditch (petrographic analysis), and Olga Krzyszkowska (bone and ivory artifacts), while other artifactual categories are awaiting to be assigned.


The project operates under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the 21st Ephorate of Prehistorical and Classical Antiquities. It has been generously funded by the Institute of Aegean Prehistory, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Loeb Foundation, and the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust.


If you are interested in learning more or supporting the Ayia Irini Archaeological Project, please contact Dr. Gorogianni (evi.gorogianni@gmail.com or eg20@uakron.edu) or Dr. Fitzsimons (rodneyfitzsimons@trentu.ca).












Project Publications

Gorogianni, E., and N. Abell. Under review.  “Insularity and Cosmopolitanism in Ayia Irini, Kea,” In Island, Mainland, Coastland & Hinterland Ceramic Perspectives on Connectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean, Conference at the University of Amsterdam, February 1-3, 2013, edited by Kotsonas, A. and J. Hilditch. (Submitted, September 2013, 6118 words plus bibliography)


Gorogianni, E., J. Cutler, and R. Fitzsimons. Forthcoming. “Something Borrowed, Something New: Possible Archaeological Evidence for Foreign Brides as Catalysts for Acculturation at Ayia Irini, Kea,” In “NOSTOI” Indigenous Culture, Migration and Integration in the Aegean Islands and Western Anatolia during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, edited by N. Stampolidis, Ç. Maner and K. Kopanias. Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) of Koç University in Istanbul, March 31th - April 3rd 2011. (Submitted, July 2011, 13275 words)


Gorogianni, E. 2013. “Site in Transition: John L. Caskey, Ayia Irini and Archaeological Practice in Greek Archaeology,” Aegean Archaeology 10 (2009-2010), 105-120.


Fitzsimons, R. D. and E. Gorogianni. 2010. "The Northern Sector: Pedagogy, Collegiality, Research, and Publication," Kea Newsletter 2010, 4.



Presentations


Gorogianni, E. 2013. “Social complexity in MBA and LBA Cyclades: A view from Ayia Irini,” Explaining Change in Aegean Prehistory. Conference at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, 17-18 October 2013.


Gorogianni, E. and I. Galanaki. 2013. “So Close but so Far Apart? Lefkandi and Ayia Irini on Kea and Their Communication Networks.” An Island Between Two Worlds: The Archaeology Of Euboea From Prehistoric To Byzantine Times, International Conference, Eretria, July 12-14 2013.


Gorogianni, E., and N. Abell. 2012.  “Insularity and Cosmopolitanism in Ayia Irini, Kea,” Island, Mainland, Coastland & Hinterland Ceramic Perspectives on Connectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean, Conference at the University of Amsterdam, February 1-3, 2013.


Gorogianni, E., J. Hilditch, and N. Abell. 2012. “Learning Curve or Choice? The Introduction of the Fast Potter's Wheel at Ayia Irini Kea Greece,” 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis TN, April 18-22, 2012.


Gorogianni, E. 2012. “Ayia Irini Northern Sector Archaeological Project,” University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture, May 14, 2012.


Gorogianni, E. and R.D. Fitzsimons. 2012. “Dining on the Fringe Again? The Northeast Bastion as a Minoan-Style Banquet Hall at Ayia Irini, Kea - the Ceramic Evidence,” American Institute of Archaeology 113th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, January 5–8, 2012.


Galanaki, I. and E. Gorogianni. 2011. “Crete and the Cyclades reconsidered; communication networks and processes during the Middle Bronze and the beginning of the Late Bronze Ages in the light of new evidence from Lefkandi and Keos,” 11th International Cretological Congress, 29 September 2011.


Gorogianni, E., J. Cutler, and R. Fitzsimons. 2011. “Weaving a Pan-Aegean Fabric: Traveling Brides as Agents of Cultural Exchange in the Late Bronze Age Aegean,” In “NOSTOI” Indigenous Culture, Migration and Integration in the Aegean Islands and Western Anatolia during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, edited by N. Stampolidis, Ç. Maner and K. Kopanias. Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) of Koç University in Istanbul, March 31th - April 3rd 2011.


Fitzsimons, R., E. Gorogianni, and J. Cutler. 2011. “Something Borrowed, Something New: Possible Archaeological Evidence for Foreign Brides as Catalysts for Acculturation at Ayia Irini,” Kea,” Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California, March 30—April 3, 2011.


Fitzsimons, R. and E. Gorogianni. 2011. “Dining on the Fringe? A Possible Minoan-Style Banquet Hall at Ayia Irini, Kea,” American Institute of Archaeology 112th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, January 6 – 9, 2011.


Gorogianni, E. and R. Fitzsimons. 2010. “Ayia Irini and Minoanization: A Bottom-up Approach to a Pan-Aegean Phenomenon,” American Institute of Archaeology 111th Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, January 6 – 9, 2010.


Fitzsimons, R. and E. Gorogianni. 2010. “As the Tide Turns: Local Responses to Pan-Aegean Cultural Changes at Ayia Irini, Keos,” with Rodney Fitzsimons, Ontario Aegean Archaeology Day, Royal Ontario Museum, March 6, 2010.




Past Events

Celebrating Half a Century of Archaeological Research at Ayia Irini

Join the members of Ayia Irini Excavations team and the Municipality of Kea in a celebration of archaeological research on the island in July of 2012. The celebration will include a night of lectures on archaeological research, guided tours for the general public in both Greek and English, and a photographic exhibition documenting almost half a century of archaeological research at the site. For more information, contact Dr. Gorogianni (evi.gorogianni@gmail.com or eg20@uakron.edu).


AINSAP Fieldschool 2012

AINSAP accepts applications from students for the upcoming season. For more information about the fieldschool, please contact Dr. Fitzsimons (rodneyfitzsimons@trentu.ca)

 
 
 

Dr. Lynne Schepartz giving a lecture to AINSAP team and fieldschool students (June 2010)