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Detailed Project Description

General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
GR326
Project Name:
The Asea Valley Survey (AVS)
Project Description:
The survey was conceived as a multidisciplinary project studying the whole valley from the time it was initially settled until the Early Modern period.
Project Websites:

Project Sponsors:
Intitute for Aegean Prehistory
Swedish Research Council for Humanities and Social
Dates of Operation:
From: 1994     To: 1996
Project Languages:
English
Metadata Sources:
Forsen and Forsen 2003

Geographical Data

Zone:
Eastern Mediterranean
Country:
Greece
Province:
Peloponnisos
Location:
between Tegea and Megalopolis
Ancient Regions:
Arcadia
Eutresia
Skiritis

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
Jeannette Forsen
Address:
Göteborg University, Box 200, SE-405 30 Göteborg
E-mail:
Phone / Fax:
phone:( +30 9678895304 )
fax:( +30 2109216145 )
Investigator Name:
Bjorn Forsen
Address:
PO Box 59 (Unioninkatu 38A), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
E-mail:
bjorn.forsen@helsinki.fi
Phone / Fax:
phone:( +30 9678895304 )
fax:( +30 2109216145 )

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: 630
Maximum: 840
Project Area:
40.2 km2
Map Data Source:
Forsen and Forsen 2003; Google Earth
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Chronological Coverage

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Medieval
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Middle Helladic
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Methodology

Approach:
Extensive
Intensive
Systematic
Non-Systematic
Site Survey
Siteless Survey
Diachronic
Temporally Bounded
Spatial Sampling (off-site):
Full Coverage
Random Sample
Stratified Random Sample
Deliberate Sample
Fieldwalker Spacing
 (average width = 1015  m)
No Regular Fieldwalking
Artifact Collection:
Total
Sample
Diagnostic
Grab
Click
Pick
Counting
Weighing
Collection Unit:
Tract   (200 m x 200 m)
Modern Field
Site
Transect
Structure
Scatter/Artifact
Geolocation:
Basemap more detailed than 1:10K
GPS Uncorrected
Basemap 1:10K to 1:50K
GPS Differentially Corrected
Basemap less detailed than 1:50K
GIS
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Special Studies

Artifacts:
Architecture
Ceramics
Lithics
Coins
Metal
Glass
Terracotta
epigraphy
Iconography
Environment:
Geology
Geomorphology
Soil Studies
Stone/Mineral Resources
Hydrology
Climatology
Paleobotany
Dendrochronology
Faunal Osteology
Agriculture
People:
Ritual Studies
Mortuary Studies
Population Data
Ethnography/Ethnology
Written Resources
Cultural Resource Management
Remote Sensing:
Satellite Imagery
Aerial Photography
Geoprospection
Other:
Primary Questions:
Did any activity exist in the valley before the agricultural village grew up around Asea Paleokastro, and what did it look like? Where was Classical Asea? Were there other important settlement sites in the valley? How was the valley used in a diachronic perspective? How had the geomorphology changed in the valley and what was the impact of erosion during antiquity and prehistoric times? What influence had the road network on the settlements in the valley? In what way did the valley as a thoroughfare have an impact on the prehistoric settlement pattern?
Excavation:
NO

Environmental Parameters

Geology:
 Igneous
 Metamorphic
 Sedimentary
Geology Other:
Topography:
 Alluvial Plain
 Coastal Plain
 Continental Plain
 Delta
 Desert
 Gorge
 Hills
 Island
 Isthmus
 Lakeshore
 Mountains
 Peninsula
 Plateau
 River Valley
 Steppe
 Underwater
 Upland Basin
 Urban
 Wadi/Oued
 Wetlands
Topography Other:
Climate:
 Climatic Altitudes of Mountains
 Dry-summer Mediterranean
 Dry-summer Steppe
 Highly Oceanic
 Humid and warm summer
 Humid Steppe
 Oceanic
 Permanently Humid
 Semi-desert and Desert
 Steppe
 Sub-Oceanic
 Tropical Semi-desert and Desert
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Bibliography

Entry 1:
Forsen, Jeannette; Forsen, Bjorn (2003), The Asea Valley Survey: An Arcadian Mountain Valley from the Palaeolithic Period until Modern Times, Stockholm, Svenska Institutet i Athen
Entry 2:
Forsen, J. (1996), "Archaeological Survey of the Asea valley in Arcadia, Greece", American Journal of Archaeology, 100, 345
Entry 3:
Forsen, J. (1998), "The discovery of an Archaic sanctuary in the Asea valley", American Journal of Archaeology, 102, 370
Entry 4:
Forsen, J.; Forsen, B. (1997), "The polis of Asea. A case-study of how archaeology can expand our knowledge of the history of a polis", Nielsen, T.H., Yet more studies in the ancient Greek polis, Papers from the Copenhagen Polis Centre, 4; Historia Einzelschriften 117, Stuttgart, F. Steiner, 163-176
Entry 5:
Forsen, J.; Forsen, B.; Karlsson, L. (2002), "The walls of Asea", Opuscula atheniensia, 27, 83-104
Entry 6:
Forsen, J.; Forsen, B.; Lavento, M. (1996), "The Asea Valley survey. A preliminary report of the 1994 season", Opuscula atheniensia, 21, 73-97




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