Welcome to the homesite of Warriors on the Periphery!

This is a research project, dedicated to the study of early weaponry and armour from sites of modern-day Eastern Macedonia and coastal Thrace. Its purpose is to serve as a case study for the development of martial technology beyond the ‘core’ ancient Greek world – and to move a step beyond that, by exploring the social importance and function of weaponry within the context of the new Greek poleis which were founded in the region during the early Archaic period.

Follow the project’s Blog for regular progress reports, including discussion of the research topics, background information on the region, accounts of research trips, pre-publication sneak-peeks of our material and more!

Warriors on the Periphery is a project hosted by the Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine of the Université libre de Bruxelles. Funding is kindly provided by the Philippe Wiener – Maurice Anspach Foundation


From Forge to Pixel: Photogrammetry and the Metal Blade Challenge (a blog supplement)

Shape from Light! As part of our project, we are attempting the photogrammetric rendering of arms from our studied sites. Currently, we are working on the 3d reconstruction of spearheads and swords from Tragilos (Aidonochori) as well as weapons from the sanctuary of Oisyme. –Simplified model of a shield-band fragment from Oisyme. Photogrammetry is a …

Research Trip: Kavala!

We are happy to interrupt our usual schedule, for an important announcement! From 9 to 20 July, we will be hosted by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala and Thasos, in their headquarters, in the Archaeological Museum of Kavala. Our stay there will enable us to have a close look at the finds from Aidnochori …

Archaic Weapons: Graves and Sanctuaries (Part 2)

Thasos and her sanctuaries Around the second quarter of the 7th century, the first indications of an organized Greek settlement can be identified on and around the Thasos acropolis. The sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena on the acropolis hill, and of Heracles and Artemis near the 6th-century agora are established. The material recovered from these …