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Professor Antonis Kotsonas (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University / BSA Bader Archive Lecturer 2019-2020), “Politics, research agendas, and the history of archaeology in Crete: an archival perspective on the exploration of ancient Lyktos (c. 1880 – 1940)”

Politics and research agendas have had a major role in shaping the archaeology of Crete. This article focuses on the history of research on Lyktos, one of the most important ancient cities of the island, to explore the impact of academic and non-academic factors on archaeological fieldwork. Relying on wide-ranging research in the archives of the British School at Athens and of other institutes in Greece and the UK, the analysis covers the fluctuation of international interest in Lyktos, the often abortive plans for excavations by numerous British, Italian, and Greek archaeologists, and the ways in which fascination with the ancient city relates to broader political and disciplinary history in the late 19th to mid-20th century.

This lecture will be presented virtually over Zoom. Please register here:

Photo – Discovery of Roman imperial statue bases at Lyktos; excavations by Doro Levi (1924). From the Archive of Nikolaos Platon, courtesy of Professor Lefteris Platon

Archive Lecture
When: 18 May, 2020 @ 7:00 pm UTC+2
Where: Virtual Lecture – –