Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects


Διαχρονικά τοπία πολιτισμού της Κρήτης: Αναδεικνύοντας τον θαλάσσιο και ορεινό πλούτο του Μιραμπέλου

(2019 -2022)

Διαχρονικά τοπία πολιτισμού της Κρήτης: Αναδεικνύοντας τον θαλάσσιο και ορεινό πλούτο του Μιραμπέλου


Spatial Dynamics and Settlement Patterns in Eastern Crete from the Classical to the Venetian Period

(2018 -2021)

This project attempts to highlight the developments of the settlement patterns in Eastern Crete from the Classical to the Venetian period. The main goal is to enlighten the transition from the ancient autonomous city-states to the medieval cities and villages. This work aims to a better understanding of the economic, social, political and also environmental issues that influenced that evolution.

Concentrating on the eastern part of Crete, it is the occasion to see how, on a same territory but on a long chronological period, through very different administrative systems, population has organized itself, balancing between a centralized and a disseminated mode of settlement.


Oros Oxa Archaeological Survey

(2017 )

The surface survey at Mount Oxa started in 2017 under the auspices of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine Department of the Ministry of Culture and Sport (protocol number: ΥΠΠΟΑ/ΓΔΑΠΚ/ΔΒΜΑ/ΤΕΕΑΕΙ/ 357358/233390/6024/541). This deliberation granted the permission to the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lassithi to begin a new surface survey on Mount Oxa in collaboration with the Laboratory of Geophysical Satellite Remote Sensing and ArchaeoEnvironment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (FORTH), in a program articulated in three years  (2017-2019).


Amorium Urban Archaeology Project

(2013 -2015)

Amorium Urban Archaeology Project is a multi-disciplinary archaeological project focused on understanding the evolution of the urban settlement and the social relationships through the study of built space in Byzantine Amorium.


Itanos Archaeological Research Program

(1994 -2002)

The archaeological research program at Itanos began in 1994 under the scientific patronage of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of Rethymno and the French School of Archaeology at Athens. In collaboration with the XXIVth Ephoria of Prehistorical and Classical Antiquities, a team from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne conducted an archaeological survey in the surroundings of Itanos.