Friday, September 27, 2013
One of the individuals whom I met in person at the Forum and with whom I had been in contact with previously was Mr. Wade Hall, the Assistant Vice-President, Development of the York University Foundation. He in turn introduced me to Dr. Martin Singer, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University and to Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache, Associate Vice-President International also at York. Dr. Lambert-Drache’s office administers the undergraduate internship program that sends a student to CIG each spring/summer to serve as an intern. The next day we had breakfast together to discuss how York and the Institute could work more closely together to support the goals of each institution. We were joined by Mr. Steve Mirkopoulos from Toronto who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation in Canada.
Next week I will write about the lecture tour in Ontario and Quebec that I am presently doing. If it is Friday, it is Montreal!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
CIG Portal to the Past on October 30th.
A week ago Sophie Goldberg arrived from Canada as our undergraduate intern for three months this fall. She’s a third year major in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is no stranger to Greece as this summer she participated for six weeks in the WLU archaeological field school associated with the SUNY – Buffalo excavations at the Minoan settlement at Gournia in eastern Crete. This research is under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Sophie’s goal is to become a cultural heritage resource manager. As CIG is presently engaged in organizing and digitalizing its archives, her hands-on experience with us in digital heritage management practices and procedures will be useful for her future career.
You will be able to meet Sophie at the Institute’s fall events. Please welcome her warmly into the Athenian archaeological community!
It is ironic that the overwhelming focus of CIG’s visible activities is here in Greece but that the principal consumers of our potential services are mostly resident in Canada. Despite our broad presence in cyberspace many individuals there are mostly unaware of who we are, whom we serve and what we do. To help rectify this unnecessary lack of awareness I am going to Ontario and to Montreal on the 23rd for ten days to give seven lectures. My lecture is entitled, “Canadians Take the Field Throughout Greece. Over Three Decades of Archaeological Discoveries by the Canadian Institute in Greece”. I will highlight what is CIG, what we do and what we have accomplished in the course of 33 years of archaeological fieldwork. This tour is part of Canadian Ambassador Robert Peck’s program of celebrating 70 years of Canadian / Greek diplomatic relations. Air Transat generously donated my roundtrip ticket.
So, for all of you who read this blog regularly from a location in southern Ontario or in Montreal, please come to my lecture at a location nearest you. Our website (www.cig-icg.gr) has more details for each lecture. I would like to meet you in person!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
areas of specialization that will start to be shelved shortly. We look forward to assisting you in your research!
The New Neda and Franz Leipen Fellow
Even before the doors of the Institute reopened for the 2013/14 academic year our new Neda and Franz Leipen Fellow, Myles Chykerda, was waiting, eager to start the year. Myles is not an unknown quantity to the CIG environment. Besides digging for many years at Kastro Kallithea in Thessaly he also gave an excellent paper at last year’s Colloquium in the memory of Prof. Frederick E. Winter.
Myles joins the CIG team fresh from two years of residency as a Ph.D. student at UCLA, where he studies under the supervision of John K. Papadopoulos and Sarah P. Morris at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. A born and raised Albertan, he completed both a BA in Anthropology and Classics (2004) and MA in Humanities Computing and Classical Archaeology (2010) at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Prof. Margriet Haagsma. His field experience includes a summer working on a bison procurement site in Alberta, two seasons working on a Roman villa at Cortona in southern Italy, and eight years on the Greek-Canadian synergasia project at Kastro Kallithea where he has led survey teams, supervised trenches, and managed Total Station/GIS procedures and data collection.
While his MA work concerned Hellenistic defenses and the built environment of Achaia Phthiotis (Thessaly), for his PhD he plans to turn to broader questions about the organization and development of Thessalian political structure from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. A particular question is whether the relative importance of polis vs. league in Thessaly can be seen through an examination of the archaeological record at a landscape level. Myles anticipates spending quite a bit of time buried in the vaults and archives not only here in Athens but in the museums at Volos and Almyros gathering data. He also writes effectively as you will see in his guest blogs and in the lecture that he will give in the winter.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
|View of Stelida from West|
|SNAP crew collecting chipped stone materials|
|Keros provides the backdrop to Michael and Evi's wedding|
Just as the summer started with a wedding on an island involving archaeologists (that of Stringy and Deanna Aubert on Crete) it is more than appropriate to close the summer with another such wedding. This took place on August 31st on Kouphonisi, where Evi Margaritis and Michael Boyd were united in wedlock before an enthusiastic group of family members from Greece and Scotland, as well as - guess what? - a large contingent of archaeologists. To complete the archaeological component (besides moi and my wife) our own Jonathan was there too (as his facebook page followers already know very well!) plus Stringy and Deanna. Evi and Michael met on Kouphonisi on one of Professor Colin Renfrew’s (University of Cambridge) and Greek colleagues’ field projects investigating the enigmatic Early Cycladic I-II remains on the island of Keros and the islet of Daskaleio to the south.
|Colin Renfrew and David Rupp, among many others, on the dance floor|
Two weddings, three excavations and a survey; the summer has ended!