National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Brendan Burke

Affiliation: University of Victoria

Brendan Burke is Associate Professor with the Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria.  He holds his degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.) and the University of Florida, and his areas of specialization are the Aegean Bronze Age, the archaeology and economy of cloth production, and Anatolian archaeology.  He is the Co-Director of the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project, the author of From Minos to Midas: Ancient Cloth Production in the Aegean and in Anatolia (Ancient Textiles Series Vol. 7, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010), and a contibutor to Women in Antiquity (ed. J. Turfa and S. Budin. Routledge, 2016) and  Textile Trade and Distribution II: From the Ancient Near East to the Mediterranean (1000 BC-400 AD), (eds. Kerstin Droß-Krüpe and M-L. Nosch, 2016).


Excavations at ancient Eleon, located 15 km east of Thebes in central Greece, have revealed a center of vibrant activity throughout the Late Bronze Age, starting with a burial complex of the Late Helladic I period (ca. 1600 BCE) and continuing to significant settlement remains of the Late Helladic IIIC period (ca. 1100 BCE). Work has also revealed intriguing evidence for the site’s re-use in historical periods, when the construction of a massive polygonal wall redefined the site’s topography and function during the late Archaic period (ca. 500 BCE).

This talk will highlight results of the collaborative work sponsored by the University of Victoria, the Canadian Institute in Greece and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia.

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