About the Project

‘Shared Living Spaces: six building complexes from the city and the necropolis of Rhodes (3rd c. BC - 2nd c. AD)’

The project seeks to bring Hellenistic and Roman Rhodes to the forefront of Danish and international research, a century after the Danish archaeologist Chr. Blinkenberg embarked on his pioneering Rhodian expedition (1902-14).
Six unpublished complexes constitute the focus of investigation: two of the complexes are located in the city, in close proximity to the acropolis (citadel), and four of them in the ancient necropolis (cemetery). These complexes have come to light in the past sixty years as the result of rescue excavations conducted by the Greek Archaeological Service in the modern city of Rhodes. These structures have never been studied before: hardly anything is known about them, except for brief reports in modern Greek. The common feature of all these complexes, dating from the third century BC to the second century AD, is their communal character: the layout and the finds associated with the complexes point to buildings that seem to have been designed to serve the needs of groups rather than those of individuals. A systematic and full publication of these complexes will clarify and illuminate their precise nature and function.
The systematic study and publication of the six unpublished complexes is of paramount importance (1) for understanding the burial practices and customs attested in Hellenistic and Roman Rhodes, (2) for reassessing the history of Hellenistic and Roman architecture in the eastern Mediterranean, (3) for mapping the use and dissemination of material culture in the eastern Mediterranean (pottery, small finds etc.), and finally (4) for evaluating the impact of economic prosperity and social mobility on the Rhodian urban fabric.

The project will be conducted as a collaboration between the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, and the Archaeological Service of the Dodecanese (Greece). The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and will run for four years (April 2016-March 2020).