Kastrouli-Desfina, Greece

Pile of rocks overlooking a hillsideSituated near the cult site of Delphi and overlooking the Corinthian Gulf from the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, the site of Kastrouli-Desfina sits at the border of the provinces of Boeotia and Phokis. We are told by Homer (Il. 2.494-759) that the cities in these regions sent ships to fight with the Achaeans at Troy, hinting at a thriving Bronze Age community here. Preliminary work carried out in 2016 and 2017 – which included survey and mapping, along with targeted excavations – has begun to reveal a site fortified with Cyclopean masonry typical of the Late Helladic III period in the region, with the promise of large structures within.  Nearby rock-cut chamber tombs with multiple burials  – some containing perfume jars and gold foil ornaments – were in use from the Late Helladic IIIA2 to Late Helladic IIIC (Liritzis et al. 2016, Sideris et al. 2017, Chovalopoulou et al. 2017, Levy et al. 2018).

For more information about excavation opportunities, please contact Dr. Koloski-Ostrow (aoko@brandeis.edu) or Dr. Ratzlaff (ratzlaff@brandeis.edu).