Australian Paliochora-Kythera Archaeological Survey (APKAS)

Co-Directors: Professor Timothy E. Gregory (Ohio State University, USA), Dr Stavros Paspalas (AAIA), and Dr Lita Tzortsopoulou-Gregory (AAIA)

The primary objective of the APKAS project is to produce information to help us understand the settlement history of northern Kythera, from remote antiquity to the present. More specifically, we seek to elucidate one of the most perplexing problems in the history of Kythera: why the area of Paliochora was not settled until ca. 1000 AD, why it was abandoned some time after the sack of 1537, and why it remained abandoned thereafter.

At a broader level, the project will help to illuminate the history not only of Paliochora but also of the many similarly-located sites throughout the Aegean and elsewhere in the world. The project will make a significant contribution through exploring theoretical models for settlements in moderately adverse environments in middle range cultural settings, and provide an explanatory model for the utilisation of marginal niches for discrete periods of time. This will contribute to discussion of the role such settlements have in their broader cultural setting.

Read more: on the APKAS website

The Archaeology of Kythera


Timothy E. Gregory and Lita Tzortsopoulou-Gregory
Meditarch Publications (2015)
ISBN: 9780958026567

The Archaeology of Kythera is the only handbook to the history of the Greek island of Kythera ever written. The book is co-authored by Professor Timothy E. Gregory (Ohio State University, USA) and Dr Lita Tzortsopoulou-Gregory (AAIA), who have decades of experience working and living on the island. This book, which covers the material culture and history of the island from Neolithic times until the modern era, is the result of years of research and reflects the deep familiarity and rapport its authors have with Kythera.

416 pages
172 x 251 mm
Richly illustrated in colour throughout

The publication of The Archaeology of Kythera has been made possible by a generous subsidy from the Aroney Trust.

to purchase this volume visit the Sydney University Press website