Human activity in Pieria ranges from the Late Neolithic (3,500 BCE) through Hellenistic (330-150 BCE) periods. The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project explored the dynamics of landscape and landscape change, with a focus on sea level changes and related shoreline shifts. Integrated geophysical and geomorphological investigations aimed to reconstruct the palaeoshoreline that defines the location and extent of the port of ancient Methone. This was crucial information that helped guide and focus plans for the broader study of the Haliakmon Delta – a unique environment linking riverine and coastline transport/communication routes to regional models of landscape evolution. Field school students were involved in examining the relationship between the site’s ancient history and industries to its strategic location and port, its unique natural resources, and their economic exploitation. Students divided their time and training between outdoor field work, labwork, and ecofact floating and sorting.

Read about the IFR Greece-Methone field school in the Daily Bruin: