Raw Materials, Natural Resources and Agricultural Products. Evidence from the Peloponnese, 4th-15th centuries

Sub-Project Supervisor: Lambropoulou Anna, Research Director IHR/NHRF.

Research Associates:
Ilias Anagnostakis, Research Director Emeritus IHR/NHRF
Anastasia Yangaki, Research Director IHR/NHRF,
Maria Leontsini, Senior Researcher IHR/NHRF,
Angeliki Panopoulou, Senior Researcher IHR/NHRF

Research Associate (adjunct):Marilia Lykaki, PhD in Byzantine History.

Description: : The database includes information on the Peloponnese regarding materials (soil, subsoil), natural resources (forest products, fish catches, rocks), and agricultural products (agriculture, animal husbandry) from Late Antiquity to the Late Byzantine period, i.e. from the 4th to the 15th century. More specifically, the database contains information, which is documented in primary Byzantine sources (literary, narrative, historical, hagiographic), excavations and surveys (rural installations, farms, industrial and workshop remains, such as mills, olive presses, wine presses, quarries, mining installations, dye shops, textile workshops, ceramic workshops, glassmaking, stonemasonry, metallurgy etc.), as well as movable archaeological finds (inscriptions, seals, coins, agricultural tools, such as shovels, axes, sickles, ploughs etc.). At the same time, relevant Greek and international bibliography is included, as well as clarifications and remarks. Finally, the project is complemented by an interactive map which enables the user to find relevant information, with the appropriate searches and with an emphasis on the geographical space.
The digital interactive application and the available search criteria highlight the wealth of raw materials, natural resources, and agricultural products that characterize the natural and productive landscape of the Peloponnese during the period under investigation. The combined search enables isolating the individual features of each location and the changes that occurred over the centuries, as well as detecting the region’s special character in relation to other neighboring or remote areas. The entries are based on thorough examination of extant written and archaeological sources.