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Public Lecture: The Dynamics of a Greek Island Town: New Fieldwork on Paliokastro, Kythera

Event Details:

  • Date:       Wednesday 21 November 2018
  • Time:      Starts: 18:15
  • Venue:    The Cyprus Institute – Novel Technologies Laboratory, 1st Floor Events Room, Athalassa Campus
  • Speaker: Prof. Cyprian Broodbank, John Disney Professor of Archaeology, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

* This lecture will be preceded by the Ceremony for the launch of the H2020 Twinning project - Promised: Promoting Archaeological Science in the Eastern Mediterranean, which starts at 17:00

* The lecture will be in English, the event is open to the public, light refreshments will be served after the talk.


dynamics of a greek island townAncient Greek towns and the communities that inhabited them constitute some of the most remarkable early urban settlements, both intrinsically and from a comparative perspective. Yet despite their enduring prominence, and copious text-based analyses, surprisingly few comprehensive archaeological efforts have been made to understand their long-term historical dynamics and material signatures. Recent collaborative fieldwork at Paliokastro, the ancient town of Kythera, aims to demonstrate how much can be swiftly learnt about an early Aegean town through a combination of new approaches based around intensive survey in association with above- and below-ground sensing technologies and materials analysis. The dynamics of the ancient town are understood within the changing wider island landscapes and interactions previously explored by the Kythera Island Project.

About the Speaker

Cyprian Broodbank is John Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University, where he has also served as Head of the newly enlarged Department of Archaeology. He was previously Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, which institution he initially joined as Lecturer in Aegean Archaeology. He holds a BA from Oxford in Modern History, a Masters from Bristol University and a PhD from Cambridge. His books, An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades and The Making of the Middle Sea, have won several awards, including the Runciman, James R. Wiseman, Wolfson History and Nonino prizes. He was recently elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy.

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Additional Info

  • Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018
  • Time: Starts: 18:15
  • Speaker: Prof. Cyprian Broodbank
  • Speaker Position: John Disney Professor of Archaeology, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge