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A Time-Traveller’s Odyssey: Exploring sacred journeys through archaeology and science

BSA exhibit at the British Academy Summer Showcase 2024

Commutes, pilgrimages, holidays and migrations are journeys that shape our lives. But what about people’s journeys in the past? Step back in time to the ancient world of mobility and religious practice through the captivating lens of archaeology and science. Discover how archaeologists employ scientific techniques to reconstruct these journeys; and use microscopes and geological maps to investigate the origins of the materials they used. Create your own gift for the ancient Greek gods with different clays, each representing a raw material used in antiquity; and embark on a journey to a symbolic sanctuary to display your creation.

Dr Tulsi Parikh and Dr Carlotta Gardner – The British School at Athens (a British International Research Institute)

Showcase assistants: Hannah Page and Cosima Carnegie

Research Award: A.G. Leventis Fellow in Hellenic Studies with funding from the Leventis Foundation


The Summer Showcase is the British Academy’s free annual festival of ideas, which returns from 12-13 July 2024. Throughout the relaxed Friday Late and Saturday’s family-friendly Showcase, engage with the social sciences and humanities research that is shaping our world through interactive exhibits, workshops, screenings, performances and talks. Eight exhibiting teams of researchers funded by the British Academy will bring their work to life – with subjects ranging from archaeology to international relations.

Free entrance, registration required. Further information and tickets:

Friday 12 July: 5–8pm

Saturday 13 July: 11am – 5pm

Location: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom

Cultural Event
When: 12 July @ 5:00 pm - 13 July @ 5:00 pm EEST
Where: British Academy – London – 10-11 Carlton House