Dr Kostas Paschalidis (National Archaeological Museum) will give a lecture about the Mycenaean cemetery at Clauss, entitled “Το Μυκηναϊκό Νεκροταφείο του Κλάους Πατρών. Τα κατάλοιπα ενός λαμπρού κόσμου στο τέλος εποχής”.
The recently completed study of the Mycenaean cemetery at Clauss near Patras, now awaiting final publication, yielded information on various aspects of an unknown society situated at the periphery of the Mycenaean world soon before its gradual end. This lecture – delivered in Greek – will present in a concise way the material culture of the society: the products of the local pottery workshops and their distribution, the metalworking industry of Achaea, the imported bronze objects from the Adriatic coast, and discuss the role played by the NW Peloponnese in the distribution of these bronze objects throughout the rest of the Post-palatial world.
The lecture will conclude with an analysis of other less tangible aspects of this society such as: the burial customs, the demographics of the cemetery, the palaeopathological findings, signs of social differentiation based on burial practices and offerings, details of family life, habits, and stereotypes, and other unexpected finds from a society which, despite our ambitious approach, remains anonymous, largely unknown, and enigmatic.
The study of the Mycenaean cemetery at Clauss near Patras offers the chance to enlighten the ‘golden era’ of the NW Peloponnese in the years of the deep crisis that followed the fall of the Mycenaean palaces.
The UH seminar will take place in the saloni of the Director’s residence, British School at Athens.
Please note that the entrance will be open until 7.15 p.m.