BSA Friends’ Virtual Lecture
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Prof. John Bennet (Professor of Aegean Archaeology, University of Sheffield), “Documentary archaeology in Messenia, or what does an 18th c. AD defter have to do with 13th c. BC clay tablets?”
Abstract: Our understanding the past is enriched by the deploying both texts and material remains where both are available. Combining these two data categories productively is not always easy, but one helpful way of doing so is to link the discursive world of texts with the physical world of objects through place-names. Whether texts are rare, as in the Aegean Late Bronze Age, or abundant, as in Ottoman–Venetian Messenia, the possibility of situating places and activities within the real world enriches our understanding of those periods and places. This paper explores this theme, drawing on archaeological and textual data relating to Messenia separated by three millennia.
Tuesday 10 January 2023, 5pm (UK) / 7pm (Greece)