MESSINIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER

This project proposes an intervention in integrating new uses in an abandoned village, Potamia Trifylia in the area of Kontovounia in Messenia. Under examination is a model for the revival and new use of an old village, an intervention of planning that can be useful also for other abandoned villages in the same mountainous region. What we propose for the revival of Potamia is a purely cultural and education function, which is compatible with the particular archaeological interest of the area of Messenia.


Messenia is one of the most important archaeological regions of Greece, particularly insofar as its prehistoric past is concerned. During the Last Helladic Period Messenia had the densest urban settlement in Greece. The large number of vaulted tombs is unequalled in any other region of the Mycenaean world. The most ancient vaulted tomb in continental Greece has been found here. We propose, therefore, the village of Potamia as a base for archaeological research, mainly because it is located in the geographic center of Messenia.


The aim of the "Messenia Archaeological Research Center" (MARC) is to be a more systematic continuation of the in-depth inquiry that has already begun in the prefecture. Fundamentally, it will serve as a base for archaeological campaigns for intensive survey and a center for the general co-ordination and over-all organization of archaeological activities. An Archive with all the archaeological sites of all the time periods will be supplemented in depth on a daily basis. A specialized Library focusing on issues concerning Messenia's archaeology and history will be at the disposal of visitors. Moreover, lectures, announcements and organization of special professional congresses will take place in the premises of MARC.