FIELD PROJECT: Pleistocene Kefalonia Project (Ionian Islands, Greece)

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Geological and archaeological study of the long-standing claims for the Middle Palaeolithic island occupation of Kefalonia. In 2013 the project collected preliminary survey data from >50 geological and archaeological spot finds, marine terrace formations, caves and lithic surface scatters. Artefacts of likely Pleistocene antiquity, including probable Middle Palaeolithic pieces, were identified at locations along the eastern and southern margins of the island. The aims of this research are to clarify the insular history of the island address key issues about hominin behavioural adaptations to resource insularity and the origins of seafaring in the Mediterranean. Key collaborating institutions: Queen’s University Belfast, University of Cambridge, University of Athens, University of Siena, 35th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.
    Granting OrganisationsD.M. McDonald Grants and Awards Fund