Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
A New Resource for the Institute as well as Canada, Brock University Practicum in Crete, and the Summer Recess
|Eduardo Moura, H.E. Robert Peck and David Rupp|
A number of my Book of the Blog mini-reviews have featured edited volumes that focused on various aspects of what are referred to as “digital archaeology” and “digital heritage”. Besides harnessing the power and potential of computers to aid in the analysis and the interpretation of archaeological remains the archaeological and cultural heritage management communities are using various digital approaches and portals to organize and to share widely archaeological data sets and imagery by means of the internet. The European Union has a number of these portals. Europeana (www.europeana.eu) is the digital library for European museums, libraries and archives. Archaeological sites, isolated monuments and architectural complexes such as historic cities are accessed through Carare (www.carare.eu). Collections of objects in museums and in archives are available at Michael (http://www.michael-culture.eu). In Greece the Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments of the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for contributing content to these portals. Some of the foreign archaeological institutes and schools have done this as well with their collections, notably the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the British School at Athens and the German Archaeological Institute.
|Eduardo Moura, David Rupp and H.E. Robert Peck|
|The Brock University Field School|
Formal field schools or practica are a common feature of many archaeological projects doing fieldwork in Greece, especially of those operating under the aegis of the Institute. These field schools provide the requisite first hand experiences for Canadian undergraduate and graduate students to learn what it means to do fieldwork. This year there were field schools at the excavations at Eleon, Kastro Kallithea and Argilos. While I taught at Brock University I organized and led many such in situ learning experiences in Greece (including Crete), Cyprus and Israel which were called Practica. My colleague at Brock (and member of the Institute's Board of Directors), Prof. Angus Smith has continued this tradition with Practica at his excavations at Ayia Sotira and in Crete at Priniatikos Pyrgos (a project of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens) and this year at Gournia (a project of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, led by Vance Watrous, SUNY Buffalo). Aided by three teaching assistants the thirteen students have been introduced to the techniques and art of excavation. Two of these students, Christina Muxlow and Steph Radchenko, I am proud to report, are the first recipients of the Practicum Travel Scholarships (nicknamed the “Ruppies”) that were created in my name by my colleagues, former students and friends. To celebrate their achievements this summer my wife and I invited them to dinner at our house in Kavousi. It was an enjoyable mingling of generations.
|David Rupp and the Ruppies|
In case you hadn't noticed, here in Greece summer is full swing for some time now. Therefore, it is time for the Institute’s annual summer recess. We will close on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 31st and reopen on Monday, September 3rd. Jonathan will be in Turkey visiting archaeological sites and museums and then in the UK with his family and I will be in Crete working on various articles. Our fall and winter programs are rapidly taking shaping. Those who read this blog will be the first to learn what intellectual treats we’ve arranged.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Our work on the photographic collection of Professor Fred Winter is moving along very quickly, and we're now at a stage where we can share a few pieces of this collection with the rest of the world. So every Tuesday, we've decided to post a single photograph, with the description as Prof Winter wrote it. These photos are selected either for their representation of his work, their visual beauty, or sometimes their quirkiness. Stay tuned each week for a new photo.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Many individuals who are familiar with the Institute are nevertheless unfamiliar with how CIG is organized and governed. Established in Canada in 1974 and recognized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in 1976, the Institute is a growing consortium of Canadian universities and organizations that represents to the Ministry the scholarly interests of Canadian researchers who seek to study ancient, Byzantine and contemporary Greece.
A 24-member Board of Directors based in Canada through its various committees sets policy, crafts the annual budget, raises funds, handles publications and oversees the activities here in Athens. The Board includes 12 institutional representatives and 12 individual members. There are three special representatives as well, the Canadian Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, the President of the Classical Association of Canada and a Student Representative.
|Nine Board members with the Athens staff|
The recent growth and success of the Institute owes a great deal to the diligence of the Board of Directors as well as their financial acumen, and steadfast dedication. Without this support and advice our work in Athens would not be as effective.
Friday, July 13, 2012
|Kha Gorge and Khalasmenos|
|Conservation of LM IIIC Pottery Kiln|
|Emily Stevens and Maggie Beeker drawing walls|
With this out of the way I can turn my attention to a book review and the updating of my guide to Athens in the form of a smartphone app. Maybe some vacation time is deserved as well!
Friday, July 6, 2012
|Jonathan Tomlinson (far left) and David Rupp (third from right) with project directors and local dignitaries at Kastro Kallithea|
|Excavating Ancient Eleon|
On the curving Lesbian polygonal wall front they uncovered a south tower that matches the known northern one. The width of the wall behind this tower is impressive! Immediately to the south they started to open up what looks to me like a gate structure with simple polygonal masonry. At a very deep level they encountered a LH I wall. So far there are no signs of post Bronze Age remains to go with the later 4th-century BC fortification wall. Brendan will bring you up to date in August when he is a guest blogger here.
|Pithoi in Building 10 at Kastro Kallithea|
The economic crisis gripping Greece now, going on five years, revealed itself in the absence of traffic on the National Road. The frequent and expensive tolls are probably one of the factors creating this situation.
|Argilos, South East Sector|
We then toured the South East Sector where they are working on defining details of the houses there. They plan to start constructing roofs over each of the excavated houses. Afterwards we went to the akropolis to see the massive fortified two-storey farmhouse that was built in the later 5th century. Jacques and Zissis shared with us their hopes to restore it and cover it with a proper covering structure. At the Museum in Amphipolis we were shown some of their finds from this year as well as important ones from previous years. Argilos will be represented in the CIG blog in August by two of Jacques' graduate students, Keven Ouellet and Marie Clermont-Mignault. Both gave excellent papers - on the fortification wall and House E at Argilos respectively - at the recent CIG Colloquium in memory of Prof. Frederick E. Winter.
Despite all the driving and the very hot first day Jonathan and I were very pleased to have seen so much in just three days. The opportunity to see and to discuss each project in situ with the excavators, to learn first hand the challenges that they are facing as well as their tentative plans for future research provided me with the requisite contextual information and insights to assist them in accomplishing their goals.
On a personal note I was able to see for the first time a part of Greece, Thessaly, that I had never seen. The rolling, agriculturally rich plains of Thessaly have an extensive archaeological heritage which will require further exploration!