This Azoria project website publishes the preliminary reports of the excavations of the Iron Age and Archaic town of Azoria, Crete, Greece. The website outlines the methodology applied and there are illustrated preliminary reports of the excavations carried out since 2002. The Azoria project aims at investigate state formation processes in the Aegean by identifying and analysing patterns of land use and culture change in the area and this guiding interest is evident in the reports.
The excavations have unearthed two main public buildings, the Andreion Complex on the upper West Slope and the Monumental Civic Building on the upper Southwest Terrace. The employment of the same method of construction, spine-wall, in both public and private buildings dating to a late phase of the town suggests that works were carried out as part of a single program of architectural renovation without distinction between public and private. The excavations have also yielded evidence of reuse of Minoan stonework (Minoan schist kernos reused face down on a staircase). Preliminary analyses of the organic remains suggest that olives (abundant); grapes; wheat; barley; hackberry; almonds; figs; poppy seeds; pulse; pigs, sheep; goats; and fish were consumed at the site. There is also evidence of wine and oil making.