From the latter part of May through the first half of June is a transitional period for the archaeological community here. It is a time of annual meetings , such as ours, the Finnish Institute, the Belgian School and last night at the French School; for one day colloquia, such as two a week ago at the American School of Classical Studies: “Carl and Elizabeth Blegen Remembered; Ploutarchou 9 Celebrated” and “The Weiner Laboratory: A Celebration of Twenty Years of Archaeological Science Research”; and starting today is a two-day international conference entitled “Communities in Transition” about the Neolithic period on both sides of the Aegean basin held at the Akropolis Museum. This event is organized by the Danish Institute in Athens and many other institutions. There are as well as still a scattering of lectures in the evenings. These excellent opportunities have been keeping me from my blogging.
By late June, after the British School’s famous Garden Party, the local scene is in full summer mode. The regulars of the foreign schools and institutes will have decamped, replaced by the annual influx of the summer people to do research in the libraries and the members of the numerous study tours and in situ courses. For those not doing fieldwork or research outside of Athens, the pace slows. It is a time to catch up on unfinished projects and to plan for the coming academic year. It is too soon to think of an island escape.
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