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The recent excavation campaigns (2018, 2019, 2022) conducted at Sissi under the direction of Jan Driessen have revealed the earliest remains of the settlement, which date to EM IIA (2700/2650-2200 BC). One building and possible additional one/s have been discovered in the Upper Terrace located to the West of the Neopalatial court-centered building, and some wall remains have been brought to light in the West wing of the same building. In this talk, both the Prepalatial architectural remains excavated by Quentin Letesson and associated ceramic deposits under study by Ilaria Caloi will be presented. Although excavation and study are still ongoing, some preliminary remarks on the overall layout, pottery material, and archaeological assemblages can already be put forward. A provisional account of the discrete phases of the EM II occupation at Sissi will be proposed: the EM IIA Early phase, attested by some structures in the West wing of the Neopalatial court building; the EM IIA Late phase, well represented by the building excavated on the Upper Terrace, and the EM IIB period, which appears to be a monumental phase at the site.

April 18, 2023, 12:00 P.M. EST (U.S. and Canada); 7:00 P.M. Greek time. Zoom format

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