James C. Wright (Director of ASCSA, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College) will present the work of the School during 2014.
During the event Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas (M.H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, ASCSA) will give a lecture entitled “History, Archaeology and Science: A Microscopic Approach”.
For interpreting site history it is imperative to understand how the building blocks of stratigraphy, the archaeological deposits, have been formed. The micromorphological approach, a microscopic contextual method, offers a fine-grained stratigraphic perspective for deciphering particular events in the biography of sites, as well as a means to understand how a site has been created. This talk utilizes examples, particularly the ritual burning and maintenance practices of a hearth at the Archaic temple in Kalapodi, the backfilling and re-opening of the Mycenaean chamber tombs of Nemea, the patterns of floor construction and maintenance in the Bronze Age site of Mitrou, and the evidence of habitual use of fire in the Lower Palaeolithic to construct the ‘vertical history’ of ritual places, mortuaries, settlements and human evolution.
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