University of Liverpool
Life Histories of Figurines from Minoan Peak Sanctuaries, with Dr Christine Morris
The lecture will take place from 5:45pm followed by a drinks reception at 7pm.
"Terracotta figurines in human and animal form are found in their thousands on Minoan Bronze Age peak sanctuaries throughout the island of Crete. This lecture will explore these figurines through the perspective of their ‘life histories’ or ‘biographies’, discussing their life cycles from production to consumption.
Through this approach we can engage with the figurines in a more experiential way, thinking about them in terms of both technologies of production and practices of use. The talk will draw on material from the fully excavated site of Atsipadhes in western Crete as well as material from Eastern Crete, which is currently part of a 3D scanning project.
This is the second annual lecture named in honour of Professor Christopher Mee, a leading expert in the archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age. Chris retired from his post as Charles W Jones Professor of Classical Archaeology in 2013, sadly passing away later that year..
The Chris Mee scholarship is in memory of Professor Chris Mee and the considerable contribution he made throughout his career to classical archaeology. This scholarship supports our students at the University of Liverpool, enabling them to take part in activities such as participating in conferences, giving conference papers, going on field trips and working on excavations from which they will gain invaluable experience."