Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology, Dimitris Plantzos will give a lecture titled “The Archaeology of Memory: Argos Orestikon”.
Argos Orestikon in northern Greece is a relatively sizeable town in the Macedonian periphery, near the much larger and better known city of Kastoria. Present-day Argos, carrying the Slavic name of Krupista until the 1920s when it was renamed by government decree, is commonly thought to lie in the area occupied by the ancient Greek city of Argos Orestikon as identified by several authors of the classical era. Archaeological finds in the area have long been used to construct a local, as well as localist, cultural identity based on historical distinction. In this lecture, Dimitris Plantzos will be presenting some of the finds from his recent excavations in the area, as well as the on-going ethno-archaeological project under his direction, in order to discuss ways in which the classical past emerges as a cultural agent in contemporary Greece.