Forelesning på Det norske institutt i Athen 22. mars 2016 kl. 19.00:
Dr Margarita Nazou, Universitetet i Ghent, vil holde en forelesning med tittelen:
The Emergence of a Mediterranean Mining Community: Thorikos During the 4th and 3rd Millennia BC.
Thorikos is a key site for our understanding of Aegean and Mediterranean prehistory; it is a mining and metallurgical site, a settlement, a cemetery with monumental funerary architecture, not to mention a well-sheltered port. The earliest evidence for mining at the site was identified in the ‘Theater Zone’, with the excavation of Mine number 3 by the Belgian School of Athens in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Mine 3 is one of the largest prehistoric mines in the Aegean and, thus far, the oldest mine in Lavrion with evidence for exploitation inside the gallery going back as early as the middle of the 3rd millennium BC, also known as the Early Bronze II period. Moreover, a possible date for the existence of open-air mining activities already during the 4th millennium BC, the Final Neolithic period, is based on the recovery of a substantial quantity of pottery of this phase during the excavation.
The lecture will discuss the pottery dated to the 4th and 3rd millennia BC, as well as other evidence for early mining, such as stone hammers and bone tools. The early community at Thorikos will be compared with other mining communities in the Mediterranean in order to shed some light on how and why is Thorikos different from other mining sites.
Forelesningen vil bli holdt ved det Norske institutt, tirsdag den 22. mars, klokka 19:00.