Projects

The Greek-American excavation at Mochlos, Crete, was begun in 1989 under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, making it one of the longest Greek-American collaborations in the history of the School. Professors Jeffrey S. Soles from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Costis Davaras from the University of Athens are co-directors. It has uncovered remains dating from 3000 BC to the 10th century AD, including a Minoan town of the Neopalatial period (c. 1700-1430 BC), a Mycenaean village and its cemetery (c. 1400-1250 BC), and a Late Hellenistic settlement of the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Further information is found in the pages identified above under “Team, Project, History, and Artifacts,” and in the project’s publications listed in the pages under “Academics.” Additional photographs are found on the Project’s Facebook Page, “Mochlos Excavations.”

For information on previous excavations, please click here.

Publication

The primary focus of the Mochlos excavation is not only to excavate archaeological material. Rather, our focus is to study and publish the material that we have excavated, allowing both the archaeological community to engage with it as well as the general public. Since 2013, the Mochlos Project has diligently pursued this objective. The current publication project focuses on the excavated extent of the Neopalatial town (1700-1450 BCE). Mochlos Volume IV detailed the eastern half of the town, including the house of a metal merchant and a ritual space in which sacred olive trees were grown, and it is now in publication. Mochlos Volume V, which focuses on the western half, is currently underway with the assistance of many student volunteers, senior staff members, and specialists. This volume focuses on the Ceremonial Building at the center of the settlement in addition to a house in which was found one of the most complete depictions of Minoan religion ever found in Crete. For more information on Mochlos publications, please go to THIS page!


Conservation

Though the primary focus of the project is publication, it is the responsibility of all archaeologists to conserve the material that they excavate. The Mochlos Project is no exception, utilizing student volunteers, employees from the surrounding Cretan community, and the assistance of Dr. Stephania Chlouveraki and her team of conservators from Athens in order to consolidate extant walls as well as backfilling areas too unstable to protect with conservation materials. The conservation process, unlike excavation, is an annual activity, requiring innovative cooperation between the director and the conservators who strive to apply techniques in the short time we have each summer that can protect the site for years to come.


Excavation

With our current focus on publication and conservation, there is no time for excavation! However, that does not mean that Mochlos will never be excavated again, so read up on us in our publications, and keep an eye on our website for any developments!