December 16, 2014

Recent Archaeological Discoveries In Greece Spotlighted in Getty Villa Lecture

Excavating a Mycenaean Palace near Sparta

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Emma Jacobson-Sive
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6941
Aerial view of excavation at Ayios Vasileios west of Sparta in the Peloponnese, Greece.
LOS ANGELES – Hear about exciting new finds from the early 14th century B.C. at a likely Bronze Age palace just south of Sparta, in the region of the Homeric kingdom of Menelaus and Helen of Troy. Adamantia Vasilogamvrou, excavation director of the archaeological site Ayious Vasileios located in Laconia, Greece, shares the extraordinary discoveries in a lecture on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Getty Villa’s Auditorium.

The finds include tablets in Linear B, the language of the Mycenaean Greeks, as well as a number of significant and precious Mycenaean artefacts including wall paintings and objects crafted from gold, stone, ivory and bronze that suggest a palatial function of the settlement. The excavation was awarded honorable distinction in 2013 by the international Shanghai Archaeology Forum.

Adamantia Vasilogamvrou is director emerita of antiquities for the Greek Ministry of Culture and currently serves as director of The Ayios Vasileios Archaeological Project (AVAP) near Sparta. She has conducted over 200 excavations at different types of settlements and monuments dating from Late Neolithic to Late Roman (4th century B.C. to 4th century AD).

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