From Chieftain’s House to Sanctuary. A re-evaluation of the development of the Artemis Laphria Sanctuary in Ancient Kalydon

Archaeological Friday seminar with Søren Handberg and Signe Barfoed from the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo. 

Photo of a hill with the sanctuary of Artemis in the background

Laphrion Hill in Kalydon. Photo: Neoptolemos Michaelides

The topic that will be discussed for this Friday's archaeological seminar is the character and development of the extramural sanctuary of Artemis Laphria in ancient Kalydon in Western Greece.

The sanctuary was partly excavated in the 1920-30s and in their 1948 publication of a part of the archaeological finds, the excavators traced the beginning of the sanctuary to the 7th century BCE. Nonetheless, detailed studies of unpublished archaeological material from the old excavations allow us to trace the history of the area of the sanctuary back to the Mycenaean period of the Late Bronze Age.

This “new” material suggests that the sanctuary was established at the site of an important Bronze Age site, which might also have been the location of an Early Iron Age chieftain's dwelling.

More information on our ongoing archaeological fieldwork in the Artemis Sanctuary can be found here:


Publisert 15. nov. 2022 15:00 - Sist endret 15. nov. 2022 15:00