Athanasia Krahtopoulou

Athanasia Krahtopoulou
Greek Ministry of Culture · Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa

PhD in Geoarchaeology

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Additional affiliations
March 2007 - June 2007
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Position
  • Lecturer
May 2006 - August 2006
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Position
  • Lecturer
March 2005 - September 2005
University of Crete
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
January 1996 - May 2001
The University of Sheffield
Field of study
  • Gearchaeology
October 1992 - September 1994
The University of Sheffield
Field of study
  • Environmental Archaeology
September 1984 - September 1988
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Field of study
  • Archaeology

Publications

Publications (31)
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This paper introduces a novel approach for the detection, classification and characterisation of nowadays disappeared or seriously compromised archaeological sites and various off-site ancient landscape features in the Kambos area in the western Thessalian plain. Despite efforts of the members of the Greek Archaeological Service, the archaeological...
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Disparity in recorded Neolithic activity between the eastern and western Thessaly plain in central Greece is being redressed by the ‘Long Time No See’ landscape project. A recently discovered pottery kiln complex at Magoula Rizava tell site offers exciting new evidence for intra-regional pottery production and circulation during the Middle Neolithi...
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This paper explores important new evidence from recent and ongoing landscape and excavation projects carried out in Thessaly that revolutionizes our understanding of the Neolithic in the region. Moving from wider landscapes to individual archaeological sites, the paper focuses on complexity and diversity in the spatio-temporal manifestation and int...
Presentation
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The many wonders of the Kambos: revisiting the cultural landscapes of western Thessaly, central Greece Research webinar by Dr Nancy Krahtopoulou 19th of May 2021 at 18:00 (CEST) This presentation summarises some of the fresh, impressive, and far-reaching results of the ongoing multidisciplinary landscape project ‘Long Time, No See: Land reclamati...
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This paper examines agriculture, farming and dietary resources in east Crete, and re-evaluates the role of grape and olive in its prehistoric economy, these being key in debates on the emergence of social complexity. To do so bioarchaeological, paleoenvironmental and landscape survey data from the Bronze Age town at Palaikastro and its territory ar...
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Section: GEOARCHAEOLOGY One component of the landscape study at Methone was a geomorphology team led by Athanasia Krahtopoulou of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa (Thessaly) and Jonathan Turner of UCD.... Eighteen cores (50 mm in diameter) were collected with an Eijkelkamp percussion corer along three transects. Coring sections were selecte...
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This paper presents a brief description of the data produced by three rescue excavations in the lowlands of western Thessaly. During a two-year period two contemporary suballuvial settlements, both dating to the Late Neolithic I period, were excavated. The settlements “Mayrachades-Tataria” in the plain of Sofades and “Agios Thodoros-Voulgarolaka”,...
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This paper presents a new reading of the Neolithic archaeological record of western Thessaly. Eastern and coastal Thessaly exhibit exceptional density of Neolithic settlements, whereas the striking scarcity of Neolithic presence in the western plain, has been usually attributed to unspecified ‘unwelcoming physiographic characteristics’. This pictur...
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This paper explores important new evidence from recent and ongoing landscape and excavation projects carried out in Thessaly that revolutionizes our understanding of the Neolithic in the region. Moving from wider landscapes to individual archaeological sites, the paper focuses on complexity and diversity in the spatio-temporal manifestation and int...
Poster
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The ongoing interdisciplinary landscape project 'Land reclamation and the cultural record of the Kambos, western Thessaly, Greece' (LTNS: 2014-), carried out by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa and a large international team, is revolutionising our understanding of the archaeology of western Thessaly. The traditional image of an unpromising...
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Thessaly has been traditionally perceived as the ‘cradle’ of the Greek Neolithic (7th to 4th millennium BC) and a key area to understand and contextualise the route(s), timing, ways and tempo of the Neolithic beginnings in Europe. From the beginning of the 20th century onwards, archaeological research in Thessaly embodied all major theoretical and...
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The tell site ‘Plateia Magoula Prodromos’, a type site for the early Neolithic in Greece, is located in the broad alluvial plain of western Thessaly, central Greece. It was rescue excavated in the early 70’s. Regretfully, only short excavation reports with little contextual information are available, while the stratigraphy of a trench is the only p...
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Recent geoarchaeological work in inland Pieria indicated that erosion and alluvial deposition largely shaped the landscape and the archaeological record of the region. Fresh stratigraphic, sedimentological, macro- and micro-fossil evidence, as well as radiocarbon dating, shows that the coastal zone of Pieria preserves a long record of sea level cha...
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The late Quaternary landscape history of coastal Pieria has been reconstructed using detailed lithostratigraphic, chronostratigraphic and biostratigraphic analysis, closely integrated with a wealth of archaeological information. The landscape on northern Pieria has been modified by fluvial deposition and sea level changes and these changes have lef...
Book
In this book, Athanasia Krahtopoulou integrates palaeoenvironmental, archaeological and historical data with her own detailed research on geoarchaemorphology, alluvial stratigraphy and soils, geochronology and sea level changes as a means to understand late Quaternary, and especially Holocene, landscape change and the related preservation and visib...
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Geoarchaeological work in conjunction with the Kythera Island Project indicates that significant portions of the island are now or have at some time been terraced. Geoarchaeological observations and local historical records confirm extensive terracing during the last few centuries. Detailed stratigraphic, soil, and sediment analysis along with radi...
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Records of fluvial sedimentation, well-dated by absolute and relative means, are used to reconstruct a representative record of Holocene landscape change through time and space in a small portion of northern Pieria. The lower reaches of two small-order streams, the Gerakaris and Agios Dimitrios, are the focus of this study. Less detailed geomorphol...
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Mediterranean landscapes have been fragmented, connected and reformed by countless trackways, buildings and field systems. On the Greek Island of Kythera, an extensive and detailed record of such structures has been recorded as part of broader multidisciplinary investigation of the island’s long-term history by the Kythera Island Project (KIP). Thi...

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
This on-going research project, funded by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), aims at investigating the unexplored Neolithic (7th to 4th millennium BCE) landscapes of western Thessaly. The Neolithic record of Thessaly, the traditional ‘cradle’ of the Greek Neolithic, is suspiciously unbalanced. The exceptional density of tell sites in eastern and coastal Thessaly is in stark contrast with the thin and fragmented pattern of the western plain. This distorted image is changing drastically through a) a new interdisciplinary landscape project that combines state of the art Remote Sensing, archaeomorphological and geoarchaeological analysis with extensive and intensive survey data, b) fresh excavation evidence from both tells and flat extended Neolithic sites and c) an innovative reading of old excavation stratigraphies though integrated photogrammetric, archaeological, geoarchaeological, bioarchaeological analyses and absolute dating. Our cutting-edge approach identified an unprecedented and still growing number of Neolithic sites and provides compelling new insights into occupation/use patterns and social use of space.
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- Late Pleistocene-Holocene shoreline and environmental niches reconstruction