The Bay of Kiladha Project (Argolid, Greece): Bridging East and West

  • Patrizia Birchler Emery
  • Julien Beck
  • Julien Beck
  • Despina Koutsoumba
  • Despina Koutsoumba
  • Ioanna Kraounaki
  • Ioanna Kraounaki


The project, a joint research program between the University of Geneva, under the aegis of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece, and the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, aims at finding traces of prehistoric human activity in a small bay of the southern Argolid, near the Franchthi Cave, a major prehistoric site used from 40,000 years ago to 5,000 years ago. For most of these 35,000 years, because of global sea-level change in prehistory, the Bay of Kiladha was in fact a small coastal plain, where the sedentary farmers of the Neolithic period had probably their village.

Research currently focuses on two parts of the bay: the Franchthi sector, close to the Cave (submerged Neolithic village) and the Lambayanna sector, just a few hundred meters to the north of Franchthi Cave (HA II fortified settlement).


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Beck, J., Koutsoumba, D., «Baie de Kiladha 2013», Antike Kunst 57 (2014), 162-165.

Beck, J., Koutsoumba, D., «Baie de Kiladha 2014. Expédition Terra Submersa», Antike Kunst 58 (2015), 187-190.

Beck, J., Koutsoumba, D., «Baie de Kiladha 2015», Antike Kunst 59 (2016), 153-156.
How to Cite
Birchler Emery, P., Beck, J., Beck, J., Koutsoumba, D., Koutsoumba, D., Kraounaki, I., & Kraounaki, I. (2017). The Bay of Kiladha Project (Argolid, Greece): Bridging East and West. BAF-Online: Proceedings of the Berner Altorientalisches Forum, 1.
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