Second year of successful harvesting in our experimental cultivations in Greece

The team of dedicated IHU and trainee agronomy students that made harvest and threshing possible. ‘Twiggy’ the car also deserves a mention, as the silent hero of the project.

A long, hard, and yet particularly rewarding stage comes to its end; the end of the second successful harvest and threshing of our experimental cultivations in Greece!

The harvested grain allocated into a greenhouse prior to threshing, in order to evaporate the excess moisture of the looming storm.

The weather instability throughout the critical months of the plants’ development, combined with the sudden and heavy rainfalls that occurred in the beginning of July, meant that we had to be particularly flexible and efficient with the harvest this year.

The ‘Dark Revisited’ team joined forces with a group of trainee agronomists, and all together we managed to complete the harvest and the threshing of the experimental fields just few minutes before a major storm hit the area.

All in all, we are proud and happy of the successful harvest, and we are looking forward to proceeding with the various measurements and analysis of this year’s harvested grains. Alexandra Kriti was truly grateful for all the support received by the agronomy students of the International Hellenic University (IHU) during the harvest:

I would like to thank all actors involved, but especially the IHU agronomy students Nektarios Theophanous, Solonas Samiotis and Alexandros Nousis for their hard work and resilience. I wish you the best of lucks to your future endeavours!

Alexandra Kriti transferring all the freshly harvested grain.

The project ‘DarkRevisited’ started its innovative experimental cultivations in 2020 at ELGO Demeter in Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece, and in 2022 it is introducing precision experimental-agriculture to the world of archaeobotany!

Research funded by:
· The Aegean ‘Dark Ages’ revisited: a novel approach to old debates on agricultural economy and food culture (DarkRevisited), Spanish ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. Project  I+D+i (PID2019-107605GB-100).
· Alexandra Livarda‘s Ramón y Cajal (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, RYC-2017-22105).

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