From 2010 the Museum of Cultural History, KHM, and The Institute of Archaeology, Conservation and History, IAKH (both UiO) have carried out fieldwork and research at the Dark Age urban site of Kastro Apalirou, Naxos. The permit for fieldwork has been granted by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture to the Norwegian Institute At Athens. Early on, the project developed into a wider international collaboration with leading British scholars in key roles, and a scientific network has developed around the project's activities.
The survey and excavations carried out by the Norwegian team have led to a reappraisal of the status and role of Naxos in the Middle Byzantine period, and to the identification of Kastro Apalirou as the capital of Naxos and neighbouring islands.
The proposed publication will be published in the series Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens, for which the Norwegian Institute is the publisher. For this reason the Institute, and not the University of Bergen, is entered in the form as project owner, according to NFR advice and previous practice. The volume is made up of the scientific results so far generated through fieldwork by the international research group, and supplemented with more thematically focused chapters from invited scholars. The latter chapters will place the new, excavated materials into a wider perspective and demonstrate how they can elucidate the wider themes of Byzantine Naxos and the Aegean. The volume is edited by James Crow and David Hill. All the articles are subjected to internal editorial review as well as external peer-review by international scholars. The referees mentioned in the application are referees for the book project as a whole, not all the external scholars involved in the peer review of each individual chapter. Since it involves drawings, illustrations, photos, and extra layout expenses because of the images, as well as abstracts in two languages, extra funding is needed for its publication.