Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series. Kim Shelton, UC Berkeley

Kim Shelton, Professor of Classics, University of California at Berkeley
Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Swallow Hall 101

Kim Shelton, Associate Professor of Classics, University of California at Berkeley will present the AIA Joukowsky Lecture "Pottery, Paintings, and Pinakides: the latest dirt from Petsas House, Mycenae”

Abstract: This elaborately illustrated lecture will present the results of eleven seasons of excavation by the Archaeological Society of Athens at ‘Petsas House’ in the settlement of the famous Bronze Age palatial center at Mycenae. A look into a complex structure of the 14th century BCE reveals domestic and workshop use together with an expanding role in the socio-political life of the palace. Pottery, as the primary artifact type, is examined within its production, storage, and distribution contexts. A well, excavated within the building complex, provides evidence for the life of the building, for its violent destruction, and for human agency in a post-destruction reclamation phase. The excavator will present material produced in this workshop alongside a picture of life in the building together with evidence for a relationship to the palace through fragments of Linear B tablets and of contact with the greater Mycenaean and Mediterranean world during the 14th c. BCE.

The lecture will be preceeded by a reception in the foyer of Swallow Hall. It is free and open to the public.