April campaign 2016
In the spring of 2016, a team of archaeologists (S. Müth-Frederiksen, K. Winther-Jacobsen, G. Giannakopoulos, Z. Spyranti) and geoscientists conducted manual augerings (W. de Neef, N. Noorda) combined with a resistivity survey (B. Ullrich) for a quick-scan of soil properties and sediment thicknesses in the plain between the rivers Asopos and Helisson. The main aim of this research was to reconstruct landscape formation processes, such as soil erosion and accumulation, in this area. The gentle slopes of this plain are not continuous, but consist of a series of gradual steps known as marine terraces. These terraces were originally formed as shallow-water deposits in a river delta, and were uplifted by different tectonic movements. The result is a complex landscape of different soils, affected by erosion along the terrace slopes, soil accumulation at the terrace bases, and sediment transport through the rivers Asopos and Helison.