Zagora in Context: Settlements and Intercommunal Links in the Geometric Period (900-700BC)

Sponsored by The Athens Archaeological Society, The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Location:
The Athens Archaeological Society
Panepistimiou 22
Athens
Greece

The excavation and study seasons at the archaeological site of Zagora on the island of Andros from 1967 to 1977 have proved to be fundamental for the study and reconstruction of life in the Aegean during the Geometric period and the distinguished specialist, the late Professor Nicolas Coldstream commented on the site as follows: “…. no other place in the Greek world offers a clearer picture of domestic life in this period” (Geometric Greece, 2003, p.210).

Zagora kept its significant position up to our own days like no other excavated settlement of the same period. Inevitably, however, a great deal of relevant material has been revealed in the past few decades which greatly enhances our understanding of the Greek world during the 9th and 8th centuries B.C.

The aim of this conference is to highlight the new discoveries, emphasize their contribution to a better understanding of the excavations at Zagora, and a better interpretation of the archaeological material that was revealed at that site. More precisely the aims of the conference is to examine the similarities and differences between the settlements of the Geometric period in the Greek world.

The organizers of the conference invited twenty-eight speakers from Europe, North America and Australia, who accepted to deliver papers at the conference; their names are given on the attached list.
The key-note lecture will be given by the director of the British School at Athens Professor Catherine Morgan.

While the focus of the conference will be the 9th and 8th centuries B.C. in the Aegean, the developments in the wider Hellenic world will not be ignored. The conference will include South Italy and Sicily, Asia Minor and Cyprus. It should also be mentioned that in addition to architecture and town-planning other aspects of the archaeological record, like finds from cemeteries, will be included.

Contact:
Dr Stavros Paspalas
aaia@otenet.gr

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