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News: The 4th meeting of the Mycenaean Seminar
Aerial view of the site of Kolonna.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Mapping Aegina Kolonna

The architectural analysis of the eastern suburbs

The next Mycenaean Seminar welcomes Professor Dr Katja Sporn, Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens. Dr Sporn will present the results of the research program “Mapping Aegina Kolonna”, focusing on the architectural analysis of the eastern suburbs. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 19th January 2017, at 7.00 p.m.

The research program “Mapping Aegina Kolonna” was undertaken through the years 2011 until 2014 with financial support both of the University of Salzburg and the INSTAP. The goal of the program was threefold: the production of a new digital master plan of Kolonna, geophysical prospections of hitherto unexcavated areas in order to identify further possible spots to excavate, and the documentation of the areal of the Middle to Late Helladic Eastern suburbs. This documentation ought to include a damage plan, a new stone plan, the architectural analysis and a phase plan. These were the preconditions for the establishment of a general restoration plan of the eastern suburbs.

The eastern suburbs were excavated in different times, starting from the Valerios Stais in 1894, Paul Wolters and mainly Gabriel Welter, who worked from 1924 with interruptions until 1941. The last large phase of excavations was guided by Hans Walter in the 1970s and 1980s. Since none of these excavations have been fully published, the architectural development and function of the eastern suburbs remained up to now unknown as opposed to the inner town which has been divided into a sequence of ten “towns”. The paper “Mapping Aegina Kolonna 2011-2014. The architectural analysis of the eastern suburbs” will present the preliminary results of the architectural analysis and an attempt to clarify the phases of the eastern suburbs down to the development of the site into a Greek sanctuary.

The lecture will be held in English.

The Mycenaean Seminar is organised by Nagia Polychronakou-Sgouritsa, Iphiyenia Tournavitou, Emilia Banou and Aphrodite Chasiakou.

All seminars are held in the A. Argyriadis Amphitheatre, in the Central building of the University of Athens (30 Panepistimiou str.)