Methods

APKAS seeks to investigate these questions by using a wide variety of methods.  First of all, the project is NOT an excavation: we are not digging things up, but rather practice a different type of archaeology, usually called "survey archaeology."   This means that we carefully investigate all kinds of evidence that can be seen and studied on the surface of the ground.  The most important means of collecting this information is done by a team of individuals who carefully walk across well defined areas and record all evidence of human activity: this includes pieces of pottery, glass, stone tools, as well as large features such as buildings, walls, and types of vegetation.

An APKAS field team making preparations for field survey
An APKAS field team making preparations for field survey

In addition, APKAS collects information of many different kinds.  This includes written historical sources, environmental studies, examination of standing monuments, and information from inhabitants of Kythera.

Recording information in the modern cemetery of Aroniadika
Recording information in the modern cemetery of Aroniadika

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