My research considers the ways in which harbours of the Hellenistic and Roman period of the Aegean Sea were designed, constructed and evolved within the context of contemporary technology, mainly shipbuilding and seafaring. It focuses on the relationship between the ships that frequented these harbours and the harbours’ ability to accommodate and serve them by looking into three main case studies, Delos, Lechaion and Kenchreai, the first two being the object of ongoing investigations in which I am involved.
My study aims in providing an innovative look into harbour sites, which have not yet received proper attention with regard to the advanced technology applied in their construction and their evolution. This will be done through an interdisciplinary approach, with the use of a variety of methods, ranging from excavation records to geoarchaeological data. The assessment of technical issues, such as construction techniques, sailing, anchoring and ship handling will be an important aspect of my study.