A Few Words about the Project

The research program Archaeological and Geophysical Research in the Peraia of Samothrace (for short Peraia of Samothrace Project – PSP) is held under the auspices of the Democritus University of Thrace in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Rhodope, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Evros and the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment, Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH). It is funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI).

The goal of PSP is to explore the diachronic landuse from prehistory to modern, both urban and rural, coastal and inland, in relation to the complexities of the enviroment and natural resources of the area opposite the island of Samothrace. The region is known in literature as the Samothracian peraia or peraia of Samothrace. In particular, the project examines the ancient topography and promotes the archaeology of Aegean Thrace through the systematic survey of four (4) areas of interest (AOI) in the vicinity of Petrota, Rhodope Prefecture and Dikella, Evros Prefecture. The AOI extend along the coast and to inland areas of higher elevations, which have largely been excluded from archeological research, being overshadowed by major ancient cities like Maroneia and Zone.

The AOI are characterized by geomorphological variety and their exploration is expected to lead to manifold results. In our research, we will be implementing traditional archaeological methods (intensive surface survey, collection of diachronic artifacts) as well as modern methods of Geo-informatics and remote sensing.

The research project Archaeological and Geophysical Research in the Peraia of Samothrace (ArcGeoPerSa) is funded for 36 months by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) within framework “1st Announcement for Research Projects H.F.R.I. aiding Faculty Members and Researchers and supplying research equipment of great value” (Project ID: 750).

Cooperating Organizations

Research Team

Amalia Avramidou

Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology, Democritus University of Thrace

Philoxeni Aitatoglou

Archaeologist specializing in Prehistoric and Classical Archeology, Ephorate of Antiquities of Evros, Ministry of Culture and Sports

    Apostolos Garyfallopoulos

    PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Jamieson C. Donati

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archeology, Hellenic Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH)

    Chrysa Karadima

    Director of Ephorate of Antiquities of Rhodope, Ministry of Culture and Sports

    Zoe Miltsakaki

    Archaeologist, MA in Education Studies (DUTH). Department of Ministry of Culture and Sports Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities and Museums, Ephorate of Antiquities of Evros

      Chrysafenia Pardalidou

      Archaeologist, MA/Msc in Cultural Studies, Head of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Ephorate of Antiquities of Evros, Ministry of Culture and Sports

      Apostolos Sarris

      Professor of “Sylvia Ioannou” Chair on Digital Humanities, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.

      Research Director, GeoSat ReSeArch Lab, FORTH, Crete.

      Polyxeni Tsatsopoulou-Kaloudi

      Honorary Director of Antiquities, Ministry of Culture and Sports MSc in Classical Archaeology (AUTH).

        Nick Sirris

        Software Engineer,
        MSc IT Management,
        ΜA Classical Archaeology,
        Directorate for the Administration of the National Archive of Monuments, Ministry of Culture and Sports

        Nikos Papadopoulos

        Associate Researcher,
        Laboratory of Geophysical – Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment,
        Institute for Mediterranean Studies