Berit Wells 1943-2009

Berit Wells was the Director of the Kalaureia Research Program till her untimely death 11th of August 2009.

She received her PhD in Classical Archaeology at Lund University, Sweden, in 1983. Her dissertation on the Early Iron Age settlement at Asine in the Argolid examined, in detail, the pottery from the site but also dealt with different aspects of life in this coastal village southeast of Nauplion; it showed how, at Asine, there is continuity from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age. Since 1985 she led a number of field projects: excavations on the Barbouna Hill at Asine in that year and at the Great Bastion of the Hellenistic fortifications around the Acropolis at Asine in 1990; surface survey in the Berbati Valley and in the Limnes area from 1988-1990, which stressed the long history of settlement in the area and its connections with the Corinthia and the Argive Plain; excavations at Pyrgouthi (the well-known Hellenistic tower west of the cemetery in the Berbati Valley: investigations of a 5th century BC kiln site and a defensive tower site along the kontoporeía, the shortest road distance-wise from Argos to Corinth, where the tower was reused as part of a large farm site at the end of the sixth to beginning of the seventh century AD; an intensive surface survey at the Mastos Hill in the western part of the Berbati Valley, which confirmed our notion that the hill is mainly a prehistoric settlement, but where the top of the hill was fortified in the late Byzantine period; excavations in the Sanctuary to Poseidon on Kalaureia (Poros) from 1997 onwards.

Berit Wells first worked for the Swedish Institute at Athens from 1984 to 1986 as lecturer and Assistant Director. From 1987 to 1990 she held the position of junior research fellow at the University of Gothenburg. Since 1991 she was a permanent employee of the said institute first as its Assistant Director and, between 1994 and 2003, as its Director.