Sonntag, 11. Oktober 2015

14.10.2015- Gastvortrag-The Excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon in Boeotian Onchestos. Thoughts after two Campaigns

Der erste Gastvortrag in diesem Wintersemester wird von Prof. Dr. Ioannis Mylonopoulos aus New York gehalten. Es werden die Ausgrabungen des Poseidon- Heiligtums in Onchestos vorgestellt:
The Excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon in Boeotian Onchestos. Thoughts after two Campaigns.
In the summer of 2014, Columbia Universitys Department of Art History and Archaeology initiated the excavation of the sanctuary of Poseidon in Onchestos (director: Professor Ioannis Mylonopoulos), the seat of the Boeotian Confederacy, under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society. The excavation focuses on two large areas (Site A: 0.6 ha; Site B: 1.03 ha) between Thebes and Haliartos. During the first campaign, a geomagnetic survey provided much information on architectural remains still hidden in the ground including the existence of a substantial round structure with a diameter of over 131 feet at Site B. Site A corresponds to the sanctuarys center, the site of the temple. Here, an impressive rectangular building with three, probably wooden, interior columns is currently explored. The structure dates back to the 6th century BCE and was enlarged in the late 4th, perhaps shortly after 338 BCE. Site B seems to have been the sanctuarys administrative center and includes a large square building with an interior courtyard surrounded by colonnades. In addition, a large part of the northern wall of a monumental building from the late 4th century was unearthed. The wall is over 13.1 feet wide and 91.8 feet long. The excavation has already yielded a rich array of finds: vases and vase-fragments (several bearing graffiti), numerous bronze objects (including several strigils), bronze and silver coins, weapons (among them a fully preserved sword), objects associated with horse- and chariot races, and many architectural elements (including several architectural terracottas bearing floral and abstract decoration in black, white, and red color on a beige background). Although, after only two years of excavation the questions are far more numerous than the answers, we can securely state that the site was one of the major sacred sites of Central Greece.
Hierzu sind wie immer alle herzlich eingeladen.
Dieser Gastvortrag beginnt aber ausnahmsweise erst um 19 Uhr. s.t. im Seminarraum 165.

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