This site contains the currently available on-line resources of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project, Archaeological Survey (NVAP-AS).


The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project
Archaeological Survey
Internet Edition

©1996, 2000 The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project.


John F. Cherry, Brown University
Jack L. Davis, University of Cincinnati
Eleni Mantzourani, University of Athens

The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project (NVAP) is sponsored by Bryn Mawr College and conducted fieldwork under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens with permissions from the Ministry of Culture and Sciences of Greece.

Table of Contents

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NVAP-AS was organized in 1983 to investigate through the technique of intensive surface survey an area of approximately 80 square kilometers in the southern Corinthia, Greece. The area extends from Mt. Phoukas and the ridge of the ancient city-state of Phlius, on the north, to the Dervenakia (Tretos) Pass and Mt. Strongylo, on the south. From 1984-86, three teams of archaeologists operating in the field each summer examined a total of 50 square kilometers; in 1989, much of the remainder was inspected using less intensive procedures. The archaeological survey was the first in Greece to take as its most basic unit of analysis not the site but rather the individual artifact: we have been interested in explaining the existence of all traces of activity in the ancient landscape, not only major concentrations of artifacts or those that remain in the places where they were originally deposited. The specific goals of the survey were to: 1) establish the distributions of artifacts of particular dates within the survey area; 2) to evaluate how far such distributions adequatedly represent past patterns of settlement and other human activities; and 3) to provide some explanation for long-term changes in the human behavior which such patterns reflect. Geomorphological investigations conducted in association with the archaeological survey mapped soil units in most of the area that was intensively surveyed. Nearly 100 archaeological sites were defined and investigated, most of them previously unknown. The density, date, and nature of artifacts found in smaller numbers at hundreds of off-site locations was also an important focus of research. Members of the project are committed to the development of electronic archaeological resources and, for this reason, are making available for the first time a complete illustrated catalogue of all sites. In addition, the table of contents contains links to other resources now publically available, including our complete photographic database. We encourage use of the gazetteer for scholarly purposes and are grateful for comments by others on the archaeological significance either of sites or artifacts under study by NVAP-AS. We do not anticipate that any print version of the gazetteer will be available in the near future, although many interpretive studies by members of the project have been published in print or are in preparation.


Project Director

James C. Wright, Bryn Mawr College

Survey Direction

John F. Cherry, University of Michigan
Jack L. Davis, University of Cincinnati
Eleni Mantzourani, University of Athens

Museum Direction

Robert F. Sutton,Jr., Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Geological and Geomorphical Survey Direction

Ann Demitrack, Stanford University

Ethnographic Survey Direction

Susan B. Sutton, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Ceramic Analysis

Effie Athanassopoulou, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hugh Elton, Trinity College
Lynn Kraynak, University of California at Berkeley
Daniel J. Pullen, Florida State University
Laurie Roberts, Boston University
Jeremy B. Rutter, Dartmouth College
Tom Strasser, Indiana University
Robert F. Sutton, Jr, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Lithic Analysis

John F. Cherry, University of Michigan
Curtis N. Runnels, Boston University
Robin Torrence, University of Sydney

Co-ordinator of Publication

Ada Kalogirou, University of Cincinnati

Museum Studies Co-ordination and Data Base Design

Mary K. Dabney, Bryn Mawr College


Taylor Dabney

Supervision of Illustration

Julia E. Pfaff

Ethnographic Assistants

William C. Alexander, State University of New York at Albany
Tassoula Karakatsidou, Columbia University

Geological Assistants

Tina Niemi, Stanford University
Joan Pederson, University of Illinois at Chicago


Julie Perlmutter
Julia E. Pfaff
Lyla Pinch Brock
Rosemary Robertson


Bryn Mawr College
Cambridge University
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Institute for Aegean Prehistory
Loyola University of Chicago
National Endowment for the Humanities (RO 20731 and RO 21715)
National Geographic Society (2971-1984; 3265-1986)
University of Cincinnati
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Michigan

Mapping and Internet Access

Sebastian Heath, University of Michigan


Sebastian Heath, University of Michigan
Jack L. Davis, University of Cincinnati


Phoebe Acheson, University of Cincinnati
Ada Kalogirou, University of Cincinnati
Marguerite Prendergast, University of Cincinnati
Christine Wittmer, University of Cincinnati

Major Publications of NVAP-AS

General Overviews and Methodology

J.C. Wright, J.F. Cherry, and E. Mantzourani, "The Program of Archaeological Investigations in the Valley of Nemea During the Years 1984-1986," Athens Annals of Archaeology 18 (1985) 86-103.

J. Pederson, Pedestrian Archaeological Survey: A Geomorphological Evaluation in the Nemea Valley, Greece (University of Illinois at Chicago, M.A. thesis 1986).

J.C. Wright, J.F. Cherry, and E. Mantzourani, Das Nemea Valley Archaeological Project, in Kolloquium zur aegä ischen Vorgeschichte. Schriften des Deutschen Archä ologen-Verbands 9 (Mannheim 1987), edited by W. Schiering, pp. 98-112.

J.L. Davis, "Surface Surveys: New Twist on an Old ASCSA Tradition," Newsletter of the Alumni Association of the American School of Classical Studies 22 (Fall 1988) 5.

J.C. Wright, J.F. Cherry, and E. Mantzourani, "The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project: A Preliminary Report," Hesperia59 (1990) 579-659.

J.L. Davis and S.B. Sutton, "Response to A.J. Ammerman, `The Dynamics of Modern Land Use and the Acconia Survey'," Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 8 (1995) 113-23.

The Neolithic

J.F. Cherry, A. Demitrack, E. Mantzourani, T. Strasser, and L. Talalay, "Archaeological Survey in an Artifact-Rich Landscape: A Middle Neolithic Example from Nemea, Greece," American Journal of Archaeology 92 (1988) 159-176.


J.L. Davis, "If There's a Room at the Top, What's at the Bottom?," Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, London 35 (1988) 164-65.

Classical and Roman

S.E. Alcock, "Urban Survey and the Polis of Phlius," Hesperia 60 (1991) 421-63.

S.E. Alcock, Graecia Capta: The Landscapes of Roman Greece (Cambridge 1993).

S.E. Alcock, J.F. Cherry, and J.L. Davis, "Intensive Survey, Agricultural Practice and the Classical Landscape of Greece," in New Directions in Classical Archaeology, ed. I. Morris (Cambridge University Press 1994), 137-70.


E-F. Athanasspoulos, Intensive Survey and Medieval Rural Settlement: The Case of Nemea (University of Pennsylvania dissertation 1993).

Contact Information

John F. Cherry
The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project
Archaeological Survey
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Providence RI 02912

Jack L. Davis
The Nemea Valley Archaeological Project
Archaeological Survey
Department of Classics
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati OH 45221-0226

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