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Geometric Eretria

Several scholars from the Swiss School are currently carrying research on the Geometric period in Eretria. It consists mainly in excavations analyses (sanctuary of Apollo, West Quarter, Roussos, Heroon) as well as thematic studies (pottery, burial pratices, cults, early writing, etc.).

    Geometric pottery

     Early inscriptions

     Burial practices




Béatrice Blandin, Lausanne University
Her interest focuses mainly on Early Iron Age burial practices in Eretria, which forms the subject of a monography published in 2007 (Eretria XVII). She is also studying the finds from the Heroon of Eretria as well as the Early Iron Age occupation at Amarynthos.
Béatrice Blandin


Sandrine Huber, Lorraine University, France
Her interest focuses primarily on 8th-7th c. BC cult practices in Eretria. She has published a sacrificial area north of the Sanctuary of Apollo Daphnephoros (Eretria XIV) as well as several articles on different aspects of early Iron Age (metallurgy, seals, iconography). She is currently working on several studies: excavations of the Sanctuary of Athena on top of the acropolis of Eretria, 8th c. BC seals, 7th c. BC cypro-ionian sculpture, local high-necked Archaic jugs.
Sandrine Huber



Anne Kenzelmann Pfyffer, Lausanne University
After a Ma Thesis on Geometric pottery assemblages from several pits in the Sanctuary of Apollo Daphnephoros, she is currently focusing her research on the Early Iron Age remains and finds uncovered in the South Quarter (Roussos). One of her goal is to characterize the material culture of this dwelling site. She is co-author of a monography on the Geometric pottery from Eretria (Eretria XX).
Anne Kenzelmann Pfyffer

Claude Léderrey, Lausanne University
He has been investigating the early Iron Age remains in the West Quarter, with a strong interest in Geometric pottery. He is co-author of a monography on the Geometric pottery from Eretria (Eretria XX).
Claude Léderrey


Karl Reber, Lausanne University
As a Director of the Swiss School and specialist of Classical-Hellenistic domestic architecture, Karl Reber has also a strong interest in Early Iron Age archaeology. He has excavated several 8th-7th c. BC contexts in the West Quarter and published various articles on Geometric pottery (coarse ware, amphora with apobates). He is currently working on the publication of an Early Iron Age necropolis in Naxos.
Karl Reber


Samuel Verdan, Lausanne University
Studies the Early Iron Age remains and finds uncovered by 40 years of Swiss excavations in the Sanctuary of Apollo Daphnephoros. His interest focus primarily on the birth of the cult that will become central in the city of Eretria and how it is visible in the material culture. He is co-author of a monography on the Geometric pottery from Eretria (Eretria XX) and of several articles on different aspects of Early Iron Age (exchange, writing, iconography).
Samuel Verdan


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