Kimolos Geoarchaeological Project

Determination of the ancient coastlines along the volcanic arc of the southern Aegean. Harbour morphologies and sea routes during antiquity. Site I: Kimolos.

The research project is conducted by the Section of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation. Scientific Director is Dr. Charikleia Papageorgiadou, Research Director of the IHR/NHRF and Research Director is Dr Eleni Kolaiti, ext. collaborating researcher of the IHR/NHRF.

The survey is carrying out since 2021, after relevant licensing by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, and for 2022 and 2023 is funded by the Secretariat General for the Aegean and Island Policy, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy and is supported by the Municipality of Kimolos, the Society for the Study of Ancient Coastlines – AKTES, Afentakeion Foundation, Metrica SA, Zante Ferries, Kimolos Volunteer Team – Kimolistes, Creatures etc. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Its main objective is to record, document and evaluate the archaeological and geomorphological indicators of the relative sea level change, in order to draw conclusions about the changes of the coastal landscape from the classical period to modern times along the coast of Kimolos Island.


Dr Charikleia Papageorgiadou, Dr Eleni Kolaiti. Dr Carmelo di Nicuolo, Dr Nikos Mourtzas, Dr Michele Monego, Dr Marco Anzidei and Dr Vyron Antoniadis


  • geomatic surveys
  • recording of geomorphological and archaeological sea level indicators
  • depth measurements
  • aerial UAV survey – photogrammetric acquisitions
  • GNSS survey – georeferenced of submerged remains
  • 2D and 3D reconstructions of the seabed and the coast
  • underwater photography and video – production of audio-visual material
  • mineralogical analysis of beachrocks – absolute radiometric datings