The Humble Dead: Mortuary Ritual in the Mycenaean Hinterland

Sponsored by AIA Ottawa and the Canadian Institute in Greece

AIA Society Event: Ottawa, ON

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St
Ottawa, ON

Lecturer: Prof. R. Angus K. Smith, Brock University

During the summers from 2006 to 2008 The Canadian Institute in Greece sponsored the excavation the Mycenaean cemetery of Ayia Sotira near Koutsomodi in the Nemea Valley in Greece which contains a total of six chamber tombs.  One of these was rescued from looters in a 2002 salvage operation by the 4th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, and our project excavated the other five.  The area, unfortunately, is one where illegal searching and excavation is a constant threat.  As a consequence we have developed methods to recover as much information as possible, even of the most thoroughly ransacked remains.  In this lecture evidence will be presented for mortuary rituals from the Mycenaean cemetery of Ayia Sotira

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