The Mochlos Excavation Project involves the cleaning and excavation of a number of related sites on the island of Mochlos and its adjacent coastal plain, located just east of the Bay of Mirabello in eastern Crete. At one time the island was connected to the plain by a narrow isthmus, and the area formed, as it still does, a geographical unit, stretching about 5 km. along the coast, isolated from the interior of Crete by the Ornos mountains. The project began in the summer of 1989, organized as a joint Greek-American excavation under the direction of Jeffrey Soles from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Costis Davaras from the University of Athens. It is conducted under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in cooperation with the Greek Archaeological Service. The modern excavation has been carried out in three different campaigns: the first in 1989-1994 when a large part of the settlement on the island and some of its outposts on the adjacent coast of Crete were investigated; the second in 2004-2005 when additional parts of the Neopalatial settlement on the island were exposed; and the third in 2009-2010 which explored Prepalatial levels beneath the Neopalatial settlement. A fourth campaign is planned for 2012 in order to complete the excavation of the House of the Lady with the Ivory Pyxis, which was found in the closing days of the 2010 excavation. Excavation is carried out during the summer and intervals between excavation are spent studying finds and preparing publications.
View of Mochlos Plain looking west.
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