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Chau Chak Wing Museum

The Zagora archaeological project: New discoveries

Where
University of Sydney
University of Sydney
Parramatta and City Roads, Camperdown NSW 2006
When

Thursday 15 April from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Early Iron Age settlement of Zagora on the Greek island of Andros never ceases to surprise. This presentation is the first of 2 in which Zagora excavators will present their current findings and insights on this fascinating period which served as the foundation and threshold of the better known Greek Archaic and Classical periods.

Zagora reached its peak in the ninth and eighth centuries BC, a period of critical importance in the development of the Aegean. Unlike most other contemporary settlements, Zagora is exceptionally well preserved since its inhabitants left c. 700 BC and the site remained largely unoccupied thereafter. It is therefore a site that has great potential to inform us on how lives were led at the dawn of the Greek historical period. 

Building on the earlier Australian excavations of the 1960s and ‘70s, the research of the current team that recommenced work at the site in 2012 has opened new vistas onto the settlement’s organisation, the craft and production activities which occupied its inhabitants, their agricultural and animal husbandry practices, and their far-ranging maritime networks. The result is a multi-faceted appreciation of a living community. 

Presented in conjunction with the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and the Department of Archaeology.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Lesley Beaumont, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Sydney and Co-director of the Zagora Archaeological Project

  • Dr Paul Donnelly, Deputy Director of the Chau Chak Wing Museum and Co-director of the Zagora Archaeological Project

  • Dr Stavros Paspalas, Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, and Co-director of the Zagora Archaeological Project

  • Dr Hugh Thomas, Senior Research Fellow of Classics and Ancient History at the University of WA and Director Aerial Archaeology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Projects.

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Covid-safe information

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  • Please practice social distancing and observe the gallery capacity limits displayed outside each gallery, and make use of the available hand sanitiser 

  • Do not attend if you are feeling unwell, have cold or flu symptoms, or have been in close contact of an identified Covid-19 case

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