Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CIG Online

It's been a little while since I've posted a blog all about what's going on at the CIG with our social media.  Over the last year we've been busy trying to increase the ways you can partake with the CIG online.  First and foremost we've been keenly working on this blog and posting regularly to make sure you're up to date with what's going on here at the CIG.  To make sure you can keep up with the blog entries, we've set up Facebook and Twitter to send you a reminder every time we have a new post.

But there's more than just blogs for us.  We've also been working over the last few years to set up live streaming and a Youtube channel for our lectures.  Keep an eye on our schedule of events, but if you can't make it, or if you're out of town, you can watch all of our lectures on our live feed.  We've spent the last year or so trying to improve the quality of the feed, and we'll continue to work on it.  Make sure to let us know if you've watched one of our lectures, and let us know how it went.  If you happened to miss one of the lectures, some are now becoming available on Youtube.

We're still trying to improve our social media presence, and always looking for ways to serve you better online.  Most importantly we want to make sure that those that don't live in Greece have as many opportunities as possible to interact with us, and are able to participate from far away.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Fred Winter Collection

Cosa, views of the canal connecting harbour with sea. (Professor Fred Winter 1982)

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Institute’s Annual Open Meeting and an Archaeological Theft in Herakleio

The much awaited Annual Open Meeting of the Institute is upon us! The Meeting will take place on this coming Tuesday, the 21st, at 7:00 PM at the Italian School of Archaeology in Makriyianni. I will review the varied activities of the Institute since the last meeting and will present highlights of the results of the Institute’s synergasies at Eleon in eastern Boiotia and at Kastro Kallithea in Thessalia in 2012. The discoveries from this fieldwork span from the Late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.

This year the Invited Lecture will be given by two individuals, not one! Prof Jacques Y. Perreault (Université de Montréal) will share with us what the the Greek/Canadian excavations in the lower city at ancient Argilos in Macedonia reveals about the daily life in this colonial city of Andros and its economic interactions with the indigenous population of the region as well as with other Greek centers. His research colleague and the Director of the excavation, Dr. Zisis Bonias (Director Emeritus, Ministry of Culture) will focus on the Akropolis where after the destruction of the city by Phillip II in 357 BC a well-preserved, substantial, two-storey building, the “Archonitiko tou Argilou”, was built on the ruins at the highest point in the early Hellenistic period. The ground floor was equipped for olive oil production and storage, while the upper floor was the well-appointed living quarters.

The title of the joint lecture in French and in Greek is, “Argilos, colonie d’Andros (VIIème-IIIème siècles av. n.è): Grecs, Thraces et Macédoniens sur le littoral nord-égéen”. We look forward to seeing you at the Open Meeting!

Spyridon Marinatos
A Theft from the Archaeological Museum in Herakleio in 1938
The last lecture of the 2012/13 Lecture series of the Syllogos Filon tou Istorikou Archeiou tis Archaiologikis Iperesias will take place on Monday May 20th at 6:30 PM at the Istoriko Archeio Building at Odos Psaromylingou 22 on the edge of Kerameikos and Psyrri. Prof. Nanno Marinatos (University of Illinois – Chicago) will give the lecture entitled, «Κλοπή Μουσείου Ηρακλείου, 1938». Using documents from the personal archive of her father, Spyridon Marinatos, she will reconstruct like a crime thriller the organized theft from the Archaeological Museum in Herakleio in 1938 and then how he, Nikolaos Platon and the police eventually solved it. The well-known collector of antiquities Dr. Stylianos Gamalakis and the conservator Zacharis Kanakis play positive roles in this investigation as well. Only one object was not recovered.

Nikolaos Platon
The Syllogos Filon is planning the 2013/14 Lecture Series now. If you have suggestions for lecturers who combine archaeological investigations with archival research please let me know as soon as possible.

David Rupp

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Fred Winter Collection

Etruria: Populonia: three tumulus tombs with stone plinth (Nos. 1-5) (Professor Fred Winter 1982)

Friday, May 10, 2013

CIG Graduate Student Conference, Brock University, February 16, 2013

The organizers, Brock Classics’ MA students, from left to right: Ana Wagner, Sarah Robinson, Jennesa Dyck, Sarah Rowlands, Andrew Fulham, David Farag, Tessa Little, Jesse Johnston, and Brandon Garib
On Saturday, February 16th Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario was the proud host of the CIG Graduate Student Conference. The grad students in our Department of Classics organized the conference, and chose the theme of Revelations and Revolutions in the ancient world. About fifty or so people ascended the escarpment to hear papers that ranged from Agamemnon to Augustus, delivered by grad students from a variety of universities in Canada and the U.S.

The speakers after the talks, from left to right: Paul McCarthy (U Chicago), Nizar Ghazal (Laurier), David Farag (Brock), Ana Wagner (Brock), Tessa Little (Brock), Susan Grouchy (Western), Benjamen Kelly (York), Lydia Spielberg (U Penn), Rachel Dewan (Laurier), and Hannah Rich (U Penn)
Rachel Dewan, a former CIG intern and Laurier student, delivered an excellent paper on ethnicity and Greek colonization at Pithekoussai; she also stood out as the only undergraduate to deliver a paper! Andrew Sparling, the grad student representative on the CIG executive committee, was there to spread the word about CIG. We also got to hear Benjamen Kelly of York University deliver the keynote address on “Punishing Revolution: Repressing Riots, Revolts, and Rebellions in the Roman World.”

Andrew Sparling, CIG’s grad student representative, speaks about CIG
Plenty of time for questions was built into the schedule, as well as coffee breaks and a lunch provided by the organizers. This gave attendees the opportunity to hobnob and make new connections, both with each other and with the speakers. Nevertheless, no doubt due to the efficiency of the organizers, the conference ended exactly on time!

Sarah Rowlands, a second year MA student at Brock, and Allison Glazebrook, chair of the Department of Classics at Brock
Afterwards the organizers and speakers relaxed and celebrated at a local restaurant called the Cat’s Caboose. Congratulations to Brock’s MA students for a well-run conference, and to the speakers for a job well done!

R. Angus K. Smith
Brock University

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Fred Winter Collection

Etruria: Populonia: three tumulus tombs with stone plinth (Nos. 1-5) (Professor Fred Winter 1982)

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Trip of a Lifetime

Traveling has always been a goal in my life, and traveling to Greece topped the places I wanted to see the most. When I got the opportunity to come to Greece on an internship, I was overjoyed, ecstatic, and a little scared. I had never travelled to Europe before, and never by myself. A new place, a new language, and many new experiences. However, being in Greece these past 3 months has taught me so much about Greece, life, and myself.

Alisha (and umbrella) in the theatre at Delphi
When I began my internship in the second week of January I started with accessioning the many newly acquired books and journals, as well as learning what an intern was expected to do, such as hostel laundry. The most important thing, as was stressed to me, was the sandwich making for CIG events - I had never boiled an egg before so when everyone said it all hung on those tasty tuna and egg salad sandwiches, I was terrified! However, after our first event, I was told I passed with flying colours. I also was introduced to the other jobs I would be performing while at the institute. I started on continuing where the last intern had left off in digitizing archives and publications for the future CIG digital archive of our previous fieldwork and excavations.

I also wanted to learn more about the archaeological world while here in Greece, and I can certainly say that through my work digitizing old archaeological papers, as well as attending many lectures on the subject, and meeting many people who work in the field, I feel much more aware of what being an archaeologist really means - and it’s not all beer and darts!

Alisha at Mycenae
However it was not all work and no play! Most of my free time I spent trying to take in as much of Greece as possible. Almost every weekend I was blessed with beautiful weather and was out around the country seeing places like Corinth, Aegina, Meteora and Mycenae. During the week I would wander about Athens and the many treasures it holds. I also had the amazing opportunity to travel with some foreign school programs here to Delphi, as well as many sites on Crete, which I am eternally grateful for. It was very exciting to me to see all these places and things I learned about in school, and to see them in context! Things such as the fact that Greeks were an “acropolis people” didn’t really strike me until I had to climb a fair few of them!

Alisha at Knossos
Seeing this absolutely breathtaking country was something I’ll never forget. Though I’m saying goodbye, I know now it certainly will not be forever. There are so many more places I would like to see, and more people I would like to meet. Three months went by too fast. To the Canadian Institute as well as the University of Waterloo: ευχαριστώ πολύ for this amazing opportunity!

Alisha Adams
University of Waterloo