SiteOverviewSW2015 Conservation and Development Plan Update

The Downloadable PDF of the 20 February 2015 Conservation and Development Plan plan includes the following topics: Drainage control – erosion and alluvium; Wind control including aeolian sand deposition and abrasion; Scarp reinforcement and ancient wall stabilization; Visitor site access, including disabled access; Future excavation and research; and Associated external considerations


SiteOverviewSW2015 Ενημερωμένη Μελέτη Ανάπτυξης και Συντήρησης

Η Προστασία και Ανάπτυξη του σχεδίου σχέδιο περιλαμβάνει τα ακόλουθα θέματα: 1) τον έλεγχο Αποχέτευση – διάβρωσης και αλλουβιανές, 2) τον έλεγχο ανέμων, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της εναποθέσεις άμμου και την τριβή, 3) Ενίσχυση αποκόμματα και τα αρχαία σταθεροποίηση τοίχο, 4) την πρόσβαση στο χώρο Επισκέπτης, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των αναπήρων πρόσβαση, 5) Μελλοντικές ανασκαφές και την έρευνα, και) 6 συνδεδεμένες εξωτερικές εκτιμήσεις

2005 Conditions Re-survey & Update Report

This report intends to summarize the analysis of a comparative review on site conditions at the Kommos Site and other archaeological sites, undertaken on Crete from 29 June through 04 July. It also summarizes a series of meetings (see attached notes) with the Kommos Excavation Director Joseph W. Shaw, various archaeological site staff at five other Cretan archaeological parks, government officials and experienced conservation professionals. The site conservation and development issues are summarized in the order in which the site survey and meetings were undertaken chronologically.

1998 Development and Conservation Plan

This proposal introduces an overall plan for the development and protection of the Kommos archaeological site in Southcentral Crete. It is largely the work of James Stratis, Restoration Specialist of the Colorado Historical Society. Its genesis owes much to the encouragement of the Ephor of Central Crete, Alexandra Karetsou, with advice of the architects Martin Schmid and Clairy Palyvou, as well as others, including Michalis Kotsyfakis, past Mayor of Matala-Pitsidia, whose dream of an archaeological park should come true.

1998 Master Plan Drawing

The drawing graphically indicates the five themes for the park development or build-out. They are I.) Drainage Control/ Erosion and Alluvium II.) Wind Control / Aeolian Sand Deposition III.) Scarp Reinforcement & ancient wall stabilization and V.) Site access & Visitation


A Great Minoan Triangle

In 1985, 10 years into Joseph and Maria Shaws’ excavation at Kommos, the excavators convened a symposium of a group of experts to discuss fitting Kommos into a regional context of the western Mesara. The symposium also considered the recent finding of a large, one could say monumental building and its use, as postulated by Maria Shaw as a Minoan era ship shed. The title of the forum “A Great Minoan Triangle in South Central Crete” was based on the three major pre-historical sites of Phaistos, Hagia Triada and Kommos.


The bibliography here for the moment (June 2010) is copied from Kommos Conservancy Board of Director officers Joseph and Maria Shaw’s University of Toronto web site associated with their previous excavation. The Kommos Conservancy mission is concerned about the dissemination of educational content associated with the Kommos site but also with that site’s relevant pre-historic and geographic contexts. This bibliography will therefore continue to be updated with references beyond that associated with the current content of the University of Toronto, which is also available here through the “Links” section.


The budget indicated was developed for the following two priorities: 1.) arrest the deteriorating limestone masonry of the Greek temple complex. We have invested in the conservation architectural services of Clairy Palyvou, who is also a scholar / author and educator at the University of Thessaloniki. The next step is to finalize the construction documents and getting professional cost estimates for the implementation of those plans. 2.) We also plan to pursue interpretive signage adjacent to the perimeter fence, that the beach going public can see and learn about the site and its significance.

Photo Gallery

The photography gallery depicts areas that require conservation treatment, organized by the development categories indicated in the (web linked)1998 Stratis/ Shaw conservation and development Master Plan and the (web linked) 2005 Resurvey and Update Report for the archaeological site development into a publicly accessible archaeological park.

Roof Plans

Critical steps in implementing the site conservation and development as a public park have been accomplished. The conservation architect Clairy Palyvou in collaboration with architect / engineer Sonia Mavromati have produced Design Development level plans, specifications and construction cost estimates for two roof shelters. The roofs over the Greek Sanctuary and the kiln will protect the fragile ruins from accelerated deterioration from water and wind and provide future shelter from the sun for heritage tourist where mounted interpretation panels will help them learn about these archaeological features.

Tymbaki Township Declaration

Unanimous decision. In agreement with the Canadian Archaeologist Joseph Shaw concerning the development of the Archaeological Park at Kommos with the improvement of the Archaeological area and its becoming visitable, as were brought up in the present explanation. We request the Ministry of Culture to consider in this matter in order for the archaeological area at Kommos to be exhibited and become visitable in order for our cultural heritage to be advanced.

Conservation Presentation Flyers

These fliers were produced for public presentations on the Kommos Master Plan for Archaeological Park Development, relating the plan to similar archaeological parks in other areas of Crete and Colorado.


Conceptual Video Walk-through of Entrance Building

The video animates a flythrough experience of the 1998 conceptual twin park entrance buildings spanned by an abstracted evocation of an upturned Minoan ship providing visitor waiting area shade and seating, access to entrance ticket sales, security and first aid functions.

Building P at Kommos

Building P at Kommos

Conclusions about Building P at Kommos Excerpted from J. Shaw and M. Shaw (2006) “Kommos V”
“With slabs and ashlar blocks from (earlier building) T’s walls, many of which were razed in the process, a new building, P, was constructed in LM IIIA2 (1300 BC)…”

Fig. 5: Thera fresco (West House, Room 5, South wall): ships drawn up on shore.

Minoan Shipsheds

Covered slipways or ‘shipsheds’ were a diagnostic feature of military harbours in the classical world. A new dimension has been added to the subject with the discoveries at Kommos in southern Crete.

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