Some quick hits from the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project:
- For those of you unable to make it to Toronto and the Byzantine Studies Conference, you can read the PKAP BSC paper here. It's a decent, short, synthetic overview of the project with particular attention to the 2007 season. I think that we are really coming to terms with how late our site runs -- well into the 7th century. (We have most of our conference papers here).
- An updated PKAP interactive map is available here. It will take some time to load up (especially if you don't have a quick graphics card or a slow connection), but it includes the units surveyed in 2007 (and their density -- note in particular the very high density units on the south slope of Vigla) and the fortifications walls on Vigla. The other big improvement is that we have digitized two more 1:5000 maps sheets allowing us to display more the local topography. UND's Office of Instructional Development provided the small grant necessary to do this, and the work was done by the Department of Geography.
- The President of UND, Charles Kupchella gave PKAP some local attention when he mentioned our project in a talk to the local Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce. You can watch the short video excerpt from his talk on your iPod (or just in your browser!) from here (UND is, after all, an iTunes University) or the entire talk here.
- It's great that the President of UND would identify PKAP as one of the avenues that connects UND and the Grand Forks community to the wider world. Our hope is that individuals in the community see the value in projects like this and give to the Cyprus Research Fund at the UND Alumni Association. This fund not only supports the work of PKAP, but also supports UND's other archaeological projects in the Eastern Mediterranean, including ongoing research in the Eastern Korinthia, work in the Thisvi Basin, Boeotia (Greece), and the strengthening of ties with the Ohio State Excavations at Isthmia. These projects aren't just digging up old stuff!! They include computer based data management projects (OSU-Isthmia), "excavating and reclaiming" data from old projects (Thisvi Basin), multimedia productions intended for classroom and the general pubic, as well as fieldwork opportunities for UND students. To help support all these projects, contact Michael Meyer in the College of Arts and Sciences and tell him that you want to support Mediterranean Archaeology at UND!! In particular, this year we hope to raise enough money for UND to become a Cooperating Institution of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (as many of our peer institutions already are). This will provide UND with a foothold in the Eastern Mediterranean and expand the opportunities for UND faculty and students to experience the Mediterranean World first hand.