Aegina Kolonna the Ceramic Sequence of the Sciem Project

Walter Gauß and Rudolfine Smetana

Establishment of a stratigraphie and ceramic sequence from Early Helladic III (EH III) to Late Helladic I (LH I) at Aegina-Kolonna has been the main aim of the SCIEM 2000 project over the last years.1 This paper summarizes the most recent research and excavation work. We will also attempt here to compare the strati-graphic excavation results from the two main excavation areas with each other, namely the fortification wall (Fig. A/A) and the so-called inner city to the west (Fig. A/B). The excavations of the fortification wall in the late 1960s and 1970s were directed by the late Hans Walter and by Florens Felten and formed the basis of the stratigraphic exploration of Aegina-Kolonna.2 Important additional evidence for the stratigraphic sequence was obtained in the excavations carried out between 1993 and 2002, under the direction of Florens Felten and Stefan Hiller, in the so-called prehistoric inner city, particularly in excavation area 19 (Fig. A).3 In association with the SCIEM 2000 project, a new excavation connecting the prehistoric "inner city" with the fortification wall was initiated in 2002, with a primary focus on the stratigraphic sequence of the Middle Bronze Age (MBA) and the transition to the Late Bronze Age (LBA).4

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