Dr. Michael Galaty, Professor of Anthropology and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University, has spent the month of July directing the fifth and final season of The Diros Project, a Greek-American collaboration funded by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. The team is excavating at the prehistoric site of Ksagounaki, near the fabulous Alepotrypa Cave, located at Diros Bay on the Mani Peninsula of southern Greece.
Ksagounaki is a large Final Neolithic village on a promontory above the cave overlooking the sea. The Final Neolithic, or “Copper Age,” is known for wide Mediterranean trade contacts and the introduction of metals and metal working, laying the foundations for the subsequent Bronze Age.
The 2014 excavations have exposed a Neolithic building, with multiple graves and a later Mycenaean component.
Dr. Galaty was joined in Greece for part of the field season by his soon-to-be wife, Sylvia Deskaj, an archaeologist with The Cobb Institute of Archaeology, and his son, Liam Galaty, who enjoyed being in Europe for the World Cup!
The Mani is a remote but very beautiful part of Greece and as the field season winds down, we look forward to analyzing our data and publishing our results.
– Michael Galaty