Middle Bronze Age settlement remains were discovered directly underneath the late classical city wall on the eastern plateau of the acropolis of Pheneos. The discovery was made during excavations, which were conducted 2011–2015 under the direction of Priv.-Doz. Dr. Konstantinos Kissas and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Scherrer as part of the cooperative project of the Εφορεία Αρχαιοτήτων Κορινθίας (former: ΛΖ 'Εφορεία Προϊστορικών και Κλασσικών Αρχαιοτήτων) and the Institute of Archaeology/Antiquity Centre at the University of Graz. Contexts and finds are of particular importance because so far only a few Middle Bronze Age sites from this remote part of the Peloponnese are known, many of which were discovered during a survey of the University of the University of Graz in 1995 and 1996.
Excavations that revealed prehistoric findings had also taken place in the 1960s at the south-eastern foot of the acropolis of Pheneos under the direction of Dr. Evangelia Protonotariou-Deïlaki († 2002). The results are only published in preliminary reports, according to which she had excavated a complete Middle Bronze Age settlement sequence.
Also according to the results of the new excavations the acropolis of Pheneos seems to have been inhabited throughout the Middle Bronze Age. The ceramic repertoire covers the typical range of a settlement assemblage with fine wares, household pottery, cooking vessels and storage containers. Due to their location in the centre of the Peloponnese the inhabitants of Pheneos had few contacts to other regions of Greece, as is indicated by the low occurrence of imported pottery. In cooperation with Clare Burke a program dealing with the petrographic analysis of the pottery started in 2016.
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- C. Burke – M. Zavadil – G. Kordatzaki, The Chaîne Opératoire of Pottery Traditions at Pheneos, Peloponnese, Mainland Greece, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (accepted).
- M. Zavadil, Archaia Pheneos: A Middle Helladic settlement in Arcadia (ÖAI Athen Fellow Lecture Series, 20.11.2018).
- M. Zavadil, A view to recording Middle Bronze Age pottery from Greece (Documenting Material Culture (Study day, OREA, 12.06.2019).
- C. Burke, M. Zavadil, Tradition and Adaptation: The Potting Technology of Middle Helladic Archaia Pheneos (European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, Barcelona, 16.–18.09.2019).
- M. Zavadil, C. Burke, G. Kordatzaki, Archaia Pheneos: A Middle Helladic settlement in Arcadia (OREA Lecture, 13.11.2019).
- M. Zavadil, C. Burke, G. Kordatzaki, Archaia Pheneos: A Middle Helladic settlement in Arcadia (Lecture at the University of Graz, 20.11.2019).