For information on previous excavations, please click here.
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!
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.
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!