Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
|The INSTAP crane photography equipment in action at Petras|
|The happy campers at the end of the last day of the dig|
|View of the 2013 work at Halasmenos|
|David's pile of stones at Halasmenos|
Life is not all relaxation here, by no means! Jonathan and I are readying the contributions for the Frederick Winter memorial volume for the copy editor to start working on. Our publication date goal is May. The new CIG portal also has received our attention in preparation for its launch in late October. Conference papers that I gave earlier need to be converted into proper contributions. Articles that I submitted previously require adjustments and fine tuning. A book review is due by the beginning of September. My never ending revision of my guidebook to Athens as an e-book nags at me in the background. There is no rest for an archaeologist for sure!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
|Sunset at ancient Eleon|
|The 2013 team|
|Visitors at the 'open house'|
|Bryan Burns guides the guests|
Our students and volunteers enthusiastically mingled with the crowd and discussed our project. Several children in the village seemed to learn quickly that archaeological remains are important and deserved to be cared for properly. One little girl even brought a small sherd from the ground to the attention of our ceramics experts.
|Dancing the night away!|
University of Victoria
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Visualizing an Ancient City: A Permanent Exhibition on the Greek-Canadian project at Kastro Kallithea in the Cultural Centre in Pharsala
|The Cultural Centre at Pharsala|
Over the past year, Vasso Noula, the municipal archaeologist of Pharsala, and Sophia Karapanou, the epimelitria of Pharsalos and archaeologist at the 15th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities at Larissa, worked together with the University of Alberta team to bring the exhibit ‘Visualizing an Ancient City’ to Greece. This exhibit, originally curated by Myles Chykerda, Jason Marceniuk and myself, featured the results of fieldwork at Kastro Kallithea carried out by the Greek-Canadian team comprised of members from both the Greek archaeological service and the University of Alberta. It was on display in 2010 at the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan where it attracted significant attention from both students and members of the community interested in Mediterranean archaeological fieldwork
Sophia Karapanou, Aris Karachalios and Margriet Haagsma cutting the ribbon
Last summer I discussed with the mayor of Pharsala, Aris Karachalios, the possibility of displaying to the general public the heritage of the Pharsalians and their neighbouring communities. I mentioned the existing exhibit and expressed the University of Alberta’s willingness to donate the exhibition to the municipality, a commitment which included supplying 3D printed models of the landscape setting of Kastro Kallithea as well as reconstructions of the many architectural structures we identified during our studies. The proposal was met with great enthusiasm and after much work from both sides the exhibit was inaugurated on June 26th 2013.
|Overview of the exhibition space|
The reconstructed buildings of the agora at Kastro Kallithea
Vasso Noula is to be credited for her excellent work; she took care of preparing the exhibition space, translating of the text (together with Sophia Karapanou), arranging the inauguration as well as all associated publications, which included flyers and banners for the exhibition.
Vasso Noula at the opening of the exhibition
Credit should also go to Myles Chykerda, former BA (2004) and MA (2010) student of the University of Alberta, now PhD student at UCLA and CIG’s next Leipen fellow, for aiding in the layout and preparation of the panels for printing. Ryan Lee, former BA student at the University of Alberta and current MA student at Texas A&M University, should be thanked for preparing the 3D models. The University of Alberta’s AICT department is also thanked for their generous aid in 3D printing.
Guiding the audience at the opening of the exhibition
The inauguration included a performance by children from the municipal music school at Pharsala who represented the cities of Ancient Achaia Phthiotis. They enacted a sacrifice to Enodia, the goddess whose cult was important to the Thessalians from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. At least 200 Pharsalians were present at the opening. The exhibition will be an integral part of the historical education program of the municipality for elementary, junior high, and high schools in the region.
Enactment of a sacrifice to Ennodia
More information on the exhibition can be found on the website of the municipality of Pharsala as well as the website of Archaiologia (both in Greek).
University of Alberta
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
The Cretan wedding of the summer (in CIG terms, at least) took place last Saturday evening at the village of Mochlos on the northern coast of eastern Crete. Tristan (Stringy) Carter and Deanna Aubert were married on the island opposite the village. Here is the famous Bronze Age settlement that Prof. Jeff Soles has been excavating for over twenty years under an ASCSA permit from the Ministry of Culture. Stringy has been studying their obsidian collections for the publication. The bridal party and the guests braved the high winds and spray to get to the island (and back) for the civil ceremony.
The end of the third week of the excavation is upon us. After what seemed like a slow, unproductive start, every trench and house tomb now is producing interesting finds. While most of the burial offerings fit into the known pattern of Prepalatial (Early Minoan III/Middle Minoan IA) and Protopalatial (Middle Minoan IIA in Petras terms) funerary assemblages here and elsewhere in Crete, some of them are totally unexpected. Some may well cause us to re-write what we know about these periods. The persistent high winds from the northwest make excavating, doing drawings, and taking elevations very challenging indeed. Our eyes sting from the wind and the dust. Most would agree this is preferable to the windless, very hot days of the second week.