Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey

A new effort is underway to publish the results of the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey, the interdisciplinary regional survey of the Isthmian territory of Corinth, Greece, carried out between 1997 and 2003, with study seasons between 2004 and the present. The data and findings of the survey are being prepared for final publication in three phases: 1) the release of the archaeological datasets from the survey through Open Context (Pettegrew, Gregory, Pullen, Rothaus, and Tartaron 2021); 2) a linked digital book providing an overview of the history, data, and major patterns of the project (Pettegrew, in preparation); and 3) an edited collection of interpretive essays (in formulation).

The Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey was an intensive survey on the Corinthian Isthmus–one of the busiest and richest archaeological regions in all of Greece–directed by Timothy Gregory (The Ohio State University) and Daniel Pullen (Florida State Unviersity), with the support of Thomas Tartaron (field director) and other field archaeologists and specialists. The project carried out most of its work in the area between the village of Hexamilia, the Panhellenic Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia, and the ancient harbor town at Kenchreai, but survey work was also undertaken in a few select parts of the southeastern territory. The project grew out of previous investigations in the eastern territory and led to a number of substantial subsequent archaeological investigations: the cemetery on the Koutsongila Ridge near Kenchreai (Kenchreai Cemetery Project), the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project, rural sites such as Kato Vayia and Ano Vayia, and the modern semi-abandoned village at Lakka Skoutara.

A view of fieldwalkers conducting pedestrian survey on the Isthmus of Corinth.
Fieldwalkers conduct survey on the Isthmus of Corinth in 2000 as part of the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey

The EKAS material is extensively published. Important articles outlining the methods and interpretive frameworks of the project, as well as the major findings, have been published in journals such as AntiquityJournal of Mediterranean Archaeology, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, and Hesperia, as well as a number of edited books.  A general introduction to the project, including its scope, objectives, and methods, is available in Tartaron et al. The Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey: Integrated Methods for a Dynamic Landscape. A comprehensive listing of relevant publications is now available at Open Context.

For more information about the EKAS project, contact David Pettegrew.

Eastern Korinthia Survey Slideshow

Scroll through the slides above to view images of the Eastern Korinthia Survey.