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The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project

Stélida from the north (D. Depnering)

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project

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Stélida from the north (D. Depnering)

Update: Stay tuned for a website update in Fall 2016!

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project

Welcome to the home page for the Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project [SNAP], a geo-archaeological excavation of a chert source and associated early prehistoric stone tool workshops, conceivably first exploited as long as 260,000 years ago, with some of its early visitors likely including Neanderthals.

The project is directed by Dr. Tristan Carter of McMaster University, our work began in 2013, working under the auspices of the Canadian Institute in Greece.

This website provides you with background information on the site, our research aims and an overview of our results from the 2013 season, both archaeological and geo-archaeological. It also tells you about the team, and the various institutions and funding agencies that made our work possible.

One of the reasons for this site is to share our work and discoveries with as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Our project’s discoveries will hopefully have many audiences, not just our academic colleagues and community, but also the broader public, if you're a local to Naxos, a visitor to the island, or someone simply interested in the Aegean islands and/or the study of our prehistoric ancestors more generally.

Alongside this website we also hope to represent our work through public lectures, press coverage (see the News section for all updates), and popular science writing.

SNAP's latest release is an article in the Antiquity Journal: The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project: New Data on the Mesolithic and Middle Palaeolithic Cyclades (http://journal.antiquity.ac.uk/antplus/projgall)

Support snap (A) 

While we shall be sharing our work with the public, we also rely on YOU to help our project run. If you would like to support our young team of researchers continue to make ground breaking discoveries at Stélida then please consider donating to SNAP. Tax deductible gifts to the project can be sent here:

For those based in Canada gifts can be paid online, or you can send a cheques payable to McMaster University (with a cover letter designating that the funds are for SNAP or the Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project) to Paul Grossman, Director, Major & Planned Giving, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, L8S 4L9, ON, Canada.

For those based in the US you can send a check payable to Friends of McMaster Inc. (with a cover letter directing that the funds are for SNAP, or the Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project) to Paul Grossman, Director, Major & Planned Giving, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, L8S 4L9, ON, Canada.