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RZ-51427-12Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillThe Azoria Project Excavations: A Study of Urbanization on Crete, 700-500 B.C.5/1/2013 - 4/30/2016$250,000.00DonaldC.Haggis   University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillNC27599-1350USA2012ArchaeologyCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs2500000249997.610

Archaeological excavation and analysis at Azoria, an early Archaic Greek city, located on the island of Crete. (36 months)

The Azoria Project is the excavation of an Archaic Greek city (7th-6th century BCE) on the island of Crete in the Aegean, with the aims of studying the process of urbanization and the changing sociopolitical and economic organization of an emergent urban community in the transition from the Early Iron Age (1200-700 BCE) to Archaic periods (700-600 BCE). The project explores the material correlates for emerging social and political institutions, addressing the historical and archaeological problem of an apparent hiatus or discontinuity in the archaeological record of Crete in the 6th century BCE. The hypothesis of the Azoria Project is that the Archaic period represents a critical threshold of culture change and, rather than a phase of collapse, a period of rapid urban growth, the development of new political centers, and the restructuring of cultural landscapes.