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Roman Eretria

The Roman Eretria is still little known. Few gravestones, ceramics and coins were discovered, suggesting that the site was occupied during the first centuries AD. Excavations conducted between 1974 and 1984 by Petros Themelis for the Archaeological Society in Athens revealed a dense occupation during the whole Roman period at the foot of the acropolis (plot O.T. 740). The interest in the Roman city was renewed at the end of the 1990s with the discovery by S. Schmid (Swiss School) of a Sebasteion - a temple dedicated to the Roman emperors - and of workshops dated from the first to the second c. AD. Since 2009 the Swiss School has started a new campaign of excavations in the centre of the Roman city, where a monumental public building, probably Roman baths, was discovered in 2010. A new reapparaisal of past excavations and finds is under way that will enhance our understanding of the last centuries of the ancient city of Eretria. Thematic approaches include imperial worship, urbanism, burials, marble quarrying, glass, numismatics and pottery.


Demierre2.jpgBrigitte Demierre Prikhodkine

After a Ma thesis on pottery and lime kilns in Greece, Brigitte Demierre-Prikhodkine has focused her interest in the Roman Eretria. She has published several articles on the Roman glass from Eretria and is currently working on Roman and Early Christian burials in the city.



Duret.jpgMarc Duret, Geneva University

Since 2008 Marc Duret has taken part in the summer camps' excavations organised by the Swiss School in Eretria. His interest focuses primarily on the Roman settlement. In his Ma Thesis he has studied Roman structures and pottery assemblages discovered in the quarter of the House of the Mosaics.



schmid_opt.jpgStephan G. Schmid, Professor, Humboldt University Berlin

Stephan G. Schmid was director of the excavations that took place between 1996 and 2001 at the foot of the acropolis in Eretria (plot E/600 NW) where he discovered a Sebasteion and workshops of the Roman period. He has published several articles on Roman Eretria (history, imperial worship, purple dye works, marble quarrying, ceramics) and is currently working on the final publication of his excavations of the Sebasteion.



Spoerri.jpgDr Marguerite Spoerri Butcher, Associate Fellow, University of Warwick

Marguerite Spoerri Butcher studies the provincial coinage of the Roman Empire. She investigated in her PhD the coinage of Gordian III (238-244) minted in the province of Asia. She is specialised in iconography (mythology, festivals and games, etc.), coin production (workshops vs. single mints) and institutions ("monetary" magistrates). Since 2001 she is responsible for the study of the coins found in the excavations of the Swiss School in Eretria. She has published several articles on Eretrian and Chalcidian coinage during the Roman Empire and is currently working on the coins found in plot O.T.740 in Eretria.



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