Archaelogy of the Argolid

A presentation by
Dr. Karl Petruso, Professor of Anthropology
University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Petruso has studied, excavated, researched and taught in Greece, Crete and the Cycladic Islands since he was an undergraduate in the late 1960s. His lecture will briefly introduce the prehistoric and classical remains in the Argolid peninsula in preparation for our excursion to the ancient sites of Mycenae, Epidauros, and Nafplion.


Porto Cheli is located at the southern tip of the Argolid peninsula of southern Greece. There is evidence of human occupation in the Argolid at the Franchthi Cave beginning at least 38,000 years ago. In the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500-1000 BCE) the peninsula was a stronghold of Mycenaean power, home to the famous citadels, palaces and royal tombs of Mycenae and Tiryns.

On the coast at Porto Cheli, the flourishing classical city of Halieis (occupied from the 7th through the 4th centuries BCE) has been extensively excavated by an American team. In addition to its harborworks, acropolis and residential quarters, the foundations of an ancient temple to Apollo and a stadium (now underwater) were discovered along the beach near the AKS hotel.

An important sanctuary to Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine, is located in rolling countryside near the city of Nafplion. Epidauros is also the site of a magnificent ancient theater, the best preserved in the ancient Greek world, which is renowned for its acoustical properties.

The Lion Gate of Mycenae (ca. 1250 BCE)

Treasury of Atreus (royal tomb at Mycenae), ca. 1250 BCE)

The theater at Epidauros (ca. 300 BCE)

Palamidhi fortress, Nafplion (Venetian, 17th-18th century)

Important Dates

April 8, 2016
Abstract Submission
April 15, 2016
Notification of Acceptance
May 2, 2016
Early Bird Registration

Organizing Committee


  • Stathis I. Meletis U. Texas at Arlington, USA


  • Nick Kanellopoulos NCSR Demokritos, Hellas
  • Constantin Politis U. Texas at Arlington / U. Patras, Hellas
  • Wolfram Schommers U. Texas at Arlington / KIT, Germany

Cultural Events

Archaelogy of the Argolid
by Dr. Karl Petruso

The Endemic Plants of Greece
by Dr. Kit Tan



Papers submitted will be peer reviewed and considered for publication in:

  • Quantum Matter
  • J. Surfaces & Interfaces of Materials
  • Advanced Science Letters
  • Inter. J Modern Physics B
  • J. Comp. Theor. Nanoscience
  • J. Nano Research

All abstracts of the Plenary, Keynote/Invited lectures, and the contributed talks/posters will be published in a special volume.

Publication Committee

  • Constantin Politis U. Texas at Arlington/U. Patras, Hellas
  • Wolfram Schommers U. Texas at Arlington/KIT, Germany

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