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Adamantios Sampson (Αδαμάντιος Σάμψων) is a Greek archaeologist. He worked as an Inspector of Antiquities for the Greek Administration of Antiquity. He is specialised in research on prehistoric Neolithic and Mesolithic sites in southern Greece. Among the sites he has studied are the "Cave of Cyclope" on the islet of Youra near Alonissos in the Νοrthern Sporades; the islet of Υali near Nisyros; the site Maroulas on Kythnos island; the site Kerame on Ikaria island; Sarakenos Cave on Boeotia; the cave "Skoteini" in Euboea; the "Cave of the Lakes" near Kalavryta in the Peloponnese and many other sites in Euboea and Dodecanese. Among his best-known finds are the so-called Youra Potsherds, prehistoric pottery fragments incised with markings that some people believe resemble letters of the Greek alphabet. Since 1999 professor in the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies, Rhodes.


Field experience

Director of archaeological surveys and excavations of both prehistoric and historic periods in open air sites and caves in Euboea (Chalkis, Eretria, Kyme, Aliveri, Kerinthos, etc.), Thebes, Dodecanese (Rhodes, Telos, Alimnia, Leros, Yali, Karpathos), Peloponnese (Cave of Nestor, Kastria): 1973-1981. Director of Rhodes project: 1977-1981 (published). Systematic surveys and excavations in caves and neolithic open air sites in Rhodes and the surrounding islands. Director of Manika project: 1982-1990 (published) Systematic excavation of an Early Bronze Age town and cemetery near Chalkis, Euboea. Systematic surveys and perspections. Grant from the National Geographic Society, 1986-1987. Director of Kaloyerovrysi project: 1984-1991 (published) Systematic excavation of a Bronze Age settlement and cemetery near Chalkis, Euboea. Director of Yali project: 1986-1990: Systematic excavation of a Neolithic settlement and cemetery on the island Yali, near Nissiros, Dodecanese (published). Ethnoarchaeological research 1992-1996 (published). Director of Skoteini Cave project, Tharrounia, Euboea: 1986 -1991 (published). Systematic excavation and surveys in the cave, Neolithic settlement and cemetery. Ethnoarchaeological research. Director of the Cave of Lakes project, at Kastria, Kalavryta, Peloponnese, 1992-1994 (published). Systematic excavation and survey in the cave and the surrounding area. Neolithic and Bronze Age deposits. Ethnoarchaeological research. Director of the Cave of Cyclope Project, Youra, Northern Sporades, 1992-1996. Systematic excavation in the cave and surveys on the nearby islands. Neolithic, Mesolithic and Upper Palaeolithic finds (published). Director of the Cave of Sarakenos Project, Boeotia, 1994 ongoing Systematic excavation in the cave containing deposits from Middle Palaeolithic to MBA. Systematic surveys in the caves at the edge of the former lake Kopais. Director of the Mykonos Project, 1995–2003 Systematic excavation at Ftelia, a Late Neolithic settlement on the island of Mykonos Director of the Maroulas Kythnos Project Systematic excavation of the Mesolithic settlement and surface survey of the island (1996–2005) Director of Ikaria Project 2004 ongoing Surveys and excavations in Mesolithic and Neolithic sites, ongoing Director of the Wadi Hamarash, Jordan Project 2006 ongoing Surface surveys and excavation in a PPNB settlement (8th mill. BC) and in a PPNA site (10th mill. BC)


Published works

36 books and 160 articles. Some of them are:

1981 - H Nεολιθική και η Πρωτοελλαδική Ι στην Εύβοια (The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age I in Euboea),PhD Athens.
1985 - Mάνικα Ι. Μία Πρωτοελλαδική πόλη κοντά στη Χαλκίδα (Manika I. An Early Bronze Age settlement near Chalkis), Arch. of Euboean Studies, Athens.
1987 - Η Νεολιθική περίοδος στα Δωδεκάνησα (The Neolithic period in the Dodecanese),ΤAP Ministry of Culture, Athens.
1988 - Mάνικα ΙΙ. Ο ΠΕ οικισμός και το νεκροταφείο (Manika II. The Early Bronze Age settlement and cemetery), Municipality of Chalkis.
1993 - To σπήλαιο Σκοτεινή στα Θαρρούνια της Εύβοιας (Skoteini at Tharrounia. The cave, the settlement and the cemetery), Eph. of Spelaeology, Athens.
1995 - "Σκοπέλου Λαικός Πολιτισμός" ('The Folk Culture of Skopelos') Skopelos: Folk Museum of Skopelos.
1996 - "Excavation at the Cave of Cyclope, Youra". In E. Alram-Stern, ed., Die Agaische Frühzeit (2. serie). Forschungsbericht 1975-1993. Wien. pp. 507–520.
1997 - Η εθνοαρχαιολογία του Γυαλιού της Νισύρου: Εποχικές μετακινήσεις στα νησιά του ΝΑ Αιγαίου ('The Ethnoarchaeology of Gyali (Nisyros): Periodic Migrations in the Islands of the Southeast Aegaean'). Athens: Dodecanesian Society for Literature and Arts.
1997 - Το σπήλαιο των Λiμνών στα Κάστρια Καλαβρύτων: Μια προιστορική θέση στην ορεινή Πελοπόννησο ('The Cave of the Lakes at Kastria Kalavryta: A Prehistoric Site in the Mountains of the Peloponnese'). Athens: Society of Peloponnesian Studies.
1998 - "The Neolithic and Mesolithic occupation of the Cave of Cyclope, Youra, Alonnessos, Greece". BSA 93.
2000 - Nήσος Σκόπελος. Μια ιστορική και αρχαιολογική αφήγηση (Skopelos. An historical and archaeological narration), Folk Museum of Skopelos.
2001 - Η αρχαιολογική έρευνα στις Βόρειες Σποράδες (The Archaeology of Northern Sporades), Municipality of Alonnessos.
2002 - The Neolithic settlement at Ftelia, Mykonos, Univ. of the Aegeaan.
2005 - Early productive stages in the Aegean Basin from 9th to 7th mill BC, International Workshop "How did farming reach Europe?”, Istanbul
2005 - Sampson Α., J. K. Kozłowski, M. Kaczanowska 2005 - Prehistoric excavations in the Aegean, New Contributions to the Early Settlement of the Aegean Islands, Proceedings of Polish Academy.
2006 - Η προϊστορία του Αιγαίου, Παλαιολιθική, Μεσολιθική, Νεολιθική, (The prehistory of the Aegean Basin), ed. Atrapos, Athens.
2006 - Πολιτισμοί του Κόσμου. Σχεδίασμα Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας, (Civilizations of the World) ed. Iolkos, Athens.
2006 - The Sarakenos Cave and the palaeoenvironment in the Copais Basin, Boeotia, Central Greece, in P. J. Smith (ed.), Cults, coins, history and inscriptions VII: Studies in honor of John M. Fossey III, 61-75.
2007 - Προϊστορική Αρχαιολογία της Μεσογείου (Τhe prehistory of the Mediterranean Basin), ed. Kardamitsa, Athens.
2008 - Τhe Cyclops Cave on the island of Youra, Greece. Mesolithic and Neolithic networks in the Northern Aegean Basin, vol 1, INSTAP Monograph Series, Philadelphia.
2008 - The Neolithic and Bronze Age Occupation of the Sarakenos Cave in Boeotia. Cave Settlement Patterns and Population Movements in Central and Southern Greece, University of the Aegean and Polish Academy, Athens.
2008 - Sampson A., M. Kaczanowska, J. K. Kozlowski, The first Mesolithic site in the eastern part of the Aegean Basin: excavations into the site Kerame I on the island of Ikaria 2008, in Annual of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 321-329.
2010 - Sampson A., M. Kaczanowska, J. Kozlowski, The prehistory of the island of Kythnos and the Mesolithic settlement of Maroulas, Polish Academy and University of the Aegean, Kraków.
2010 - Μεσολιθική Ελλάδα. Παλαιοπεριβάλλον, Οικονομία, Τεχνολογία, (Μesolithic Greece. Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoeconomy and Technology, ed. Ion, Athens.
2011 - Wadi Hamarash. A new MPPNB site in Jordan, Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 54, 73-84.
2011 - The excavation of 2010 at the Wadi Hamarash-Suweif (Ghawr as-Safi), Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 54, 85-94.

2012- The 2011 excavations at Wadi Hamarash 1 and 4, as-Safi,Jordan, ADAJ 55, 73-83. 2012- Excavations at Wadi Hamarash 1 and 4, in D.R. Keller,B. A. Porter, C. A. Turtle, Archaeology in Jordan 2010 and 2011 seasons, American Journal of Archaeology, vol 116,723-725.

2011 - The Cave of the Cyclops, vol. II. INSTAP Monograph Series, Philadelphia.

2012- A. Sampson, J. Kozlowski, M. Kaczanowska, Mesolithic occupations and environments on the island of Ikaria, Aegean, Greece, monograph 80, Folia Quaternaria, Kraków 2012.
2013- Wadi Hamarash 1. An early PPNB settlement at Wasi al-Hasa, Jordan, University of the Aegean, Lab. of Environmental Archaeology Monographs, Rhodes.

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