Why stuff matters to Ancient History: The Olynthos Project, 2017

Start time: 17:00 / End time: 18:30 / Date: 21 Nov 2017 / Venue: Abercromby SQ (south)

Type: Seminar

Cost: This event is free and open to all. No registration neccessary, for further information please contact Georgia Petridou: petridou@liverpool.ac.uk

Open to: Any UOL students / Any UOL staff / General Public /

Contact: For more information contact Georgia Petridou at petridou@liverpool.ac.uk

About the event

Dr. Zosia Archibald, University of Liverpool.

Sometimes, new discoveries change the way we view the remote past. This is because we actually know so little about places and periods that are simply not accessible directly. We rely on a few scraps of data, reported by people who were not, in fact, present, and who had an ambiguous relationship to what they describe. This is why new data is so valuable.

In 2017, researchers at ancient Olynthos discovered that the South Hill, which was the focus of the Archaic city, was absolutely full of structures, features, and roads. Many of these features extend beyond, onto the lower slopes. We now have the potential to know more about Olynthos than about any other community of the Balkan/ Aegean region in the period before the upsurge of Classical city building. Nor is it quite what we might have expected.

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