Opening a New Frontier in the Study of Neolithic Settlement Patterns of Eastern Thessaly, Greece

Apostolos Sarris, Tuna Kalayci, François-Xavier Simon, Jamie Donati, Carmen Cuenca-Garcia, Meropi Manataki, Gianluca Cantoro, Ian Moffat, Evita Kalogiropoulou, Georgia Karampatso, Kayt Armstrong, Nassos Argyriou, Sylviane Dederix, Cristina Manzetti, Nikos Nikas, Konstantinos Vouzaxakis, Vasso Rondiri, Polyxeni Arachoviti, Kalliopi Almatzi, Despina EfstathiouEvangelia Stamelou

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The Innovative Geophysical Approaches for the Study of Early Agricultural Villages of Neolithic Thessaly (ARISTEIA-IGEAN) Project made an extensive use of geospatial technologies in the study of the natural environment and social dynamics of Neolithic settlements within the coastal region of eastern Thessaly, Greece. The goal of the project was to offer a broad and non-destructive remote sensing coverage of a number of Neolithic settlements to study habitation practices that were developed in various ecological niches and to document site-specific cultural and environmental characteristics. The methods and techniques used in the IGEAN project included satellite remote sensing, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), ground-based geophysical surveys exploring new generation prospection instrumentation, and soil analyses. The manifold research agenda proved to be effective for the detailed mapping of soils in which archaeological residues of past occupation reside. The full open-access geospatial data is served online at The IGEAN project exposed a large degree of variation in the occupation of the landscape and the usage of space in both small and large settlements. The study was able to capture an integrated image of the habitation settings and highlight the large degree of divergence in the intra-site settlement patterns of these agrarian societies. The synthesis of the results opens up further research questions regarding early agricultural villages of Neolithic Thessaly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the International Conference, Rethymno 29-30 May 2015
EditorsApostolos Sarris, Evita Kalogiropoulou, Tuna Kalayci, Evagelia Karimali
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor, Michigan
PublisherInternational Monographs in Prehistory
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781879621480, 9781879621473
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Archaeology
  • Neolithic
  • Geophysics
  • Geomatics
  • Greece


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