Archaeology books, websites and places to visit

We provide here resources to start you on your further exploration of Zagora and archaeology.


Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA)
Comprehensive information about Zagora and the archaeological excavations undertaken there, as well as updates about publications, and related events.

AAIA photos on flickr
Photos of AAIA people and activities at Zagora, Athens, Sydney and elsewhere.

Geometric Period
This is the Geometric Period section of the Hellenic History website, below.

Hellenic History
This website, sanctioned by the Greek Ministry of Culture, covers: Prehistory (Stone Age and Bronze Age); Antiquity (Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Periods); Byzantium; Ottoman Period and Modern Greece).

Heilbrunn timeline of art history
Presented on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, this is a high quality resource providing images, text and maps relating to world cultures from 8000 BCE to the present.

A non-profit organisation aiming to digitally preserve cultural heritage sites through collecting, archiving and promoting open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modelling and other state-of-the-art technologies.

Archaeological Institute of America
The AIA promotes informed public interest in the cultures and civilizations of the past, supports archaeological research, and advocates the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage.

AIA bulletins
Includes information about volunteering possibilities

Paphos, Cyprus, archaeological blog
Another University of Sydney archaeological excavation taking place around the same time as the Zagora dig.

Interesting public programs.

Perseus project
Developed by Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA; its flagship collection, under development since 1987, covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.

Ancient Olympia digital recreation and research materials
Videos of the virtual recreation of ancient Olympia plus complementary educational material – produced by the Powerhouse Museum.

British Museum – Explore
Search 5000 highlight objects, explore world cultures, games, videos and activities. (Some of the games and activities require Flash; you may need to download Flash if you are using a Mac.)

Dr Space Junk
This blog by Dr Alice Gorman, approaches archaeology in a way that is probably different from how you’ve thought about it before. In it, Dr Gorman, an Archaeology Lecturer at Flinders University, explores the archaeology of the Space Age – from 1957 to the present. It shows that material culture can reveal things about the recent past as well as the distant past.

Life on Andros

Andros film blog
Glimpses of the island, its food, culture and history. It’s written in Greek – but you can open it in Chrome and use the translation option (at the top of the page).

Andros and olive oil
A website of a privately run olive oil museum which provides pictures of life on Andros.


‘Archaeological Museum of Andros: guide to the finds from the excavations of the geometric town at Zagora’, Alexander Cambitoglou with the collaboration of Sarah Peirce, Olwen Segal, John Papadopoulos; Basil and Elise Goulandris, Athens, 1981.

‘Greek Art’, by Nigel Jonathan Spivey, Phaidon Press, 1997.

‘Geometric Greece’, by J. N. Coldstream, Ernest Benn Limited, 1977.

‘The Cambridge illustrated history of ancient Greece’, edited by Paul Cartledge (Cambridge UP 1998). Incorporates archaeological evidence within a general social study of ancient Greece, and with many fine illustrations.

‘A history of Greece’, by Nicholas Doumanis, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

‘Experience archaeology’, by Louise Zarmati and Aedeen Cremin, Cambridge University Press, 1998 ‘Geometric Greece’, J. N. Coldstream, Ernest Benn Limited, London, 1977

‘1000 years of the Olympic Games: treasures of ancient Greece’, Powerhouse Publishing, 2000

‘The Great Books – from The Iliad and The Odyssey to Goethe’s Faust: a journey through 2,000 years of the West’s classic literature’, by Anthony O’Hear, Icon Books, 2007. The first 110 pages of this book provides an introduction to works of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato and Socrates.


The Nicholson Museum
The Nicholson Museum, at the University of Sydney at Camperdown, contains the largest collection of antiquities in Australia, featuring masterpieces of ancient art and objects of daily life from Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, Rome, Cyprus and Mesopotamia. It is open to the public, free – 10am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday and noon to 4pm on the first Saturday of the month. Its hands-on education programs – where students are able to handle real artefacts that are thousands of years old – are highly recommended.

The Big Dig
Sydney Harbour Youth Hostels Association (YHA) and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre is an exciting development in The Rocks, Sydney, featuring budget accommodation, heritage interpretation and a hands-on archaeological education experience for booked school groups – highly recommended. The program is also available for people staying at the Hostel on Thursday mornings. Visits to the site, which include a few displays of recovered artefacts, are free to all from 7am till 7pm. The artefacts are mostly from the 19th and early 20th century. Photos….

More for the specialist

Archaeological sites near Andros

Kolonna, Aigina
Eretria, Euboia (geometric period)
Karystos, Euboia
Lefkandi, Eubioa

Andriote colonies in northern Greece

Andros in ancient texts

Significant archaeological sites further afield

The following list was developed by the AAIA, and these links are reproduced from the AAIA website links page:


Perseus Digital Library
Eastern Mediterranean – Jordan and Palestine
Crete – Azoria
Crete – Kommos
Anatolia – Gordion
Anatolia – Miletus (German)
Northern Aegean – Centre for Black Sea Studies
Central Greece – Geometric Eretria
Central Greece – Lefkandi
Central Greece – Geometric Athens
Italy (western colonies and indigenous sites) – Locri Epizephyrii
Italy (western colonies and indigenous sites) – Verucchio

Geospatial ancient site servers

Pleiades – a community-built gazetteer and graph of ancient places
Geonames – geographical database
Cyark – heritage sites

Museum Collection image servers

Claros – an international research collaboration using latest technologies to enable collection searches; specialises in the art of ancient Greece and Rome