Mapping the Early Farmers in Thrace (MAPFARM) is a three year research program held under the auspices of the Democritus University of Thrace in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Rhodope, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Xanthe, the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment, Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), the Department of Physical and Environmental Geography at Aristotle University, and the Laboratory of Archaeometry in the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos. The research project is funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I.) under the “1st Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Faculty Members & Researchers and the Procurement of High-and the procurement of high-cost research equipment grant” (Project Number: HFRI-FM17-2187).
The MAPFARM project focuses on the archaeological remains of Neolithic farmers in Aegean Thrace with the main goal of investigating the beginning of farming and the appearance of early farmers in the region, their social organization and cultural attributes. To this end, selected Neolithic settlements in the two regions of Thrace, their intra-site organization, houses and other constructions will be explored. The surrounding area of the settlements will be also examined in order to gain insight into the complexity of their paleoenvironment. The study of the available archaeological material collected from the surface of the selected settlements will provide details on the history of their inhabitation and the cultural attributes of early farmers.