Research in the area of the acropolis of Aigeira, 2011-2018

As a result of its long history of use that lasted from the early Bronze Age to the Middle Ages with interruptions, the acropolis of Aigeira is considered to be one of the most important sites in the landscape of Achaea. Its exploration has been a focus in the long-term research activities of the OeAI in Aigeira.

The volume in preparation will present results of the excavations led by Wilhelm Alzinger as well as new results from the research in the area of the acropolis of Aigeira conducted by the editor of the volume.

The acropolis was fully uncovered between 1975 and 1983 by W. Alzinger. The most important discoveries include the late Bronze Age (Mycenaean) settlement that covered the entire plateau of the acropolis and following the prehistoric settlement the Greek sanctuary of the Archaic and Classical periods. Later excavations conducted between 2011 and 2016 on the eastern slope of the acropolis and lower lying so-called saddle provided new results regarding the settlement history during the late Bronze and early Iron Age.

Among the numerous finds from the Greek sanctuary an elaborately decorated Corinthian roof deserves mention that belonged to a late Archaic temple. Following its abandonment a large part of the roof was deposited in a cistern along the southern edge of the acropolis. The latest use of the acropolis has been dated to the 12th century CE as indicated by coin and pottery finds; It was probably again fortified at this point.

The volume will discuss particularly interesting aspects of the find materials from the historical acropolis. This is intended to create a baseline for other projects that have already begun or are in planning that expand upon various questions and are including the acropolis in overarching approaches on Aigeira and Achaea during the historical periods.