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The AAIA Bulletin 13 Activities in Greece and Cyprus, Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi Survey Project 2017

Summary of the second and final season of the Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi Survey Project.
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  Volume 14, 2018 1 Volume 14, 2018   The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens BULLETIN  The AAIA Bulletin 2 Stavros A. Paspalas Table of Contents Letter from the Acting Director  Letter from the Acting Director 2 ACTIVITIES IN GREECE & CYPRUS Acting Director’s Report from Athens 4Museums and Exhibitions in Greece 6 Australian Paliochora Kythera  Archaeological Survey 2017 10Nea Paphos Theatre: 2017 Season 12Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi Survey Project 2017 14 AAIA Contemporary Creative Resident 2017 16University of Wollongong AAIA 2017  Artist-in-Residence 17FEATURE ARTICLES Ancient Phokis: Perspectives on the Study of its Settlements, Fortications, and Sanctuaries by Katja Sporn 18Themistocles, his son Archepolis, and their Successors at Magnesia on the Maeander by Kenneth Sheedy   26 ACTIVITIES IN AUSTRALIA AMPHORAE XI 2017 and Aristophanes’ The Clouds   32The Visiting Professorship 2017 34MEMBERSHIPThe Institutional Members, Corporate Members and Governors of the AAIA 36Contact Information for Friends of the AAIA Societies 37PUBLICATIONSMediterranean Archaeology 37NEWS IN BRIEF Athens Hostel 42016 OTJ Scholarship Reprort 10WA Friends Scholarship Reports 12From the Archives 36 Travellers from Australia 38 I would like to present to you the 2017 Bulletin. As you will read, the activities and achievements of the Institute over the year were considerable, and all were realized through the dedicated efforts of its staff, both in Sydney and in Athens, advice from the Emeritus Director Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, and our many supporters throughout Australia and in Greece. I am grateful to everybody who has helped, nancially and by other means, in ensuring that 2017 was the success that it was.As outlined in greater detail in this issue, Australian archaeological expeditions supported in various ways by the Institute went into the eld in Greece and Cyprus, and many more Australian academics and students visited Greece for research purposes. This is a clear indication of the Institute’s success in liaising between the various arms of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Australian research community.The Institute may be equally proud of its longstanding record of bringing the results of archaeological and historical research in the Greek world to the public. The annual Visiting Professor programme highlights our commitment to achieving this goal, and in 2017 Professor James Wright, Director Emeritus of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, magnetized his Australian audiences with his lectures which mainly focussed on Bronze Age Greece. The Institute’s commitment to this programme is rm and it has organized tours for similarly internationally-renowned scholars to tour the country through to 2020.As I mentioned at the beginning of this Letter all our activities are dependent on the goodwill and work of our supporters, and the Institute is very fortunate in having Friends associations throughout Australia and in Athens. Here I would like to register a special thank you to Elizabeth Gandley who stepped down as President of the Athens Friends in mid 2017 after many productive years in that position. Both the Institute and, I am certain, the Athens membership are more than grateful for all her efforts. I hope that you nd the articles in this issue of interest, and with renewed thanks  Volume 14, 2018 3   Athens Classical Archaeology Intensive Summer Program January 4-25 2019 On-site teaching in Athens, Attika and Delphi Open to Australian and New Zealand University undergraduates and postgraduates for degree credit, and to high school teachers.   ApplicationsApply by 30 June 2018 to :Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney 2006 E More informationLesley Beaumont   E To fnd out more and download the application form visit Professor Lesley Beaumont  Department of Archaeology The University of Sydney Dr Stavros Paspalas  Acting Director The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) Enrolment The Summer Program is open to Australian and New Zealand University undergraduates and postgraduates for degree credit (Commonwealth Supported Places) and to high school teachers. Athens-based fee $2750 (includes accommodation, transport within Greece, site and museum entrance and membership of AAIA).  Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Activities in Greece and Cyprus  The AAIA Bulletin 4Activities in Greece and Cyprus  Athens Hostel by Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory NEWS IN BRIEF Acting Director’s Report from Athens  by Stavros A. PaspalasAs was fully expected, 2017 proved to be a busy year in Athens as Australian students and academics came through in order to conduct their research programs and/or participate in archaeological eldwork. As approximately half of my time is now spent in Australia, much fell to the Athens Executive Ofcer, Dr Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory, who, with the help of Dr Loula Strolonga, ensured that the Institute’s Athenian operations proceeded smoothly.Owing to the generosity of the Canberra Friends, who donated $5,000, we were able to make a number of upgrades to the Athens Hostel, as outlined alongside this report. I would like to express the Institute’s gratitude to the Canberra Friends, and indeed to all our Friends organizations which have so actively supported the Institute and its endeavours over the years. I am in the happy position of being able to report that I was very warmly welcomed by the Queensland Friends when I travelled to Brisbane in April to deliver a lecture entitled “The Archaeology of Kythera”, and I hope to make visits to our other Australian Friends organizations in 2018.The speakers who delivered lectures at the Athens premises of the Institute in the past year include Dr Gil Davis (Macquarie University) who spoke on “The Archaic Athenian Coinage Project: Historical Implications”, Dr Peter Londey (Australian National University) who also transported his audience back to the Archaic period with his lecture “The Riddle of Thermopylai”, Dr Gina Salapata (Massey University  New Zealand) who took us to Magna Graecia with her lecture “Adonis and his Lady Loves in South Italian Art”, and Dr Emily Neumeier (from the Institute’s one international institutional member, Ohio State University) whose topic looked at north-western Greece during the Ottoman period and was entitled: “The Church that the Pasha Built: Ali Pasha of Ioannina and the Monastery of Agios Kosmas Aitolos”. As regular readers of this Bulletin will know the Institute holds a major event in Athens once a year—the Annual Report—at which the activities sponsored and supported by it are reported to the international archaeological community of Athens. At this event an Australian archaeologist or historian is invited to deliver a lecture, and in 2017 we were fortunate to host Associate Professor Kenneth Sheedy (Macquarie University) who spoke on the post-Athenian career of Themistocles (and that of his descendants) once he had ed to Persian-held Anatolia in a lecture on “Themistocles and his family in Magnesia-on-the-Maeander: numismatic evidence for the rule of a dynasty”. As has been the case for many years now the Athens Friends covered the cost of the ne reception which followed the ofcial proceedings of the evening—  and the Institute is very grateful for this support. The city of Athens has in recent years become a popular European city destination, attracting not only tourists but scholars, business people and professionals from various industries attending international conferences, meetings, and special events. One of the special highlights of 2017 was the city’s co-hosting of Documenta  14, one of the world’s most important series of contemporary art exhibitions, which takes place every ve years in Kassel, Germany. Between 4 April and16 July, Athens was the world’s epicenter of artistic vibrancy and excitement, with thousands of international artists and art lovers coming through to be part of the experience. During this period, our Hostel, being so well-placed, had the pleasure of hosting a number of artists from Australia, including our rst ever  Artist-in-Residence, Andrew Hazewinkel, a great supporter of the AAIA who has now become a regular visitor to Athens.  Aside from the visiting artists, the hostel also hosted a number of students and scholars from Australia, the USA, Norway, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, and Po-land. Noteworthy visitors include Professor Louise Hitchcock (University of Melbourne), our 2017 Annual Report lecturer Associate Professor Kenneth Sheedy (Director of the  Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University), and Dr Emily Neumeier (American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellow at The Ohio State University).  A number of repairs and improvements to the Hostel also took place during 2017. One of these was the purchase and installation of new blinds in all three bedrooms, and the dining and living rooms, thanks to the generosity of our Athens Friends. Once again, the Canberra Friends made a generous donation, this time towards the purchase of a video camera which now allows us to lm the seminars and lectures delivered at the Hostel and make them  Volume 14, 2018 5 Of course, the promotion of Australian archaeological eldwork is one of the main objectives of the Institute, and the Athens staff dedicates a great deal of time in facilitating such endeavours. So it is a pleasure to report that the Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi Survey (a collaborative project  between the Laconian Archaeological Ephoreia and the University of Melbourne) held a successful season in the region south of Sparta with the result that important new information has been discovered in this historically important area. Similarly, the Australian Paliochora Kythera Archaeological Project conducted a eld season in the northern part of Kythera. The results of 2017 built on those of past seasons but also revealed very signicant new aspects of the island’s past which were hitherto unknown. The past year also saw a study season on Andros, during which Dr Thomas Hikade and Dr Jane Roy examined the aked stone nds made at the Early Iron Age settlement site of Zagora. The ninth- and eighth-century BC settlement had been excavated by an Australian team between the years of 1967 and 1974, and a second Australian team returned in 2012–2014. Drs Hikade and Roy studied material found by both missions and once complete their study will throw much needed light on an aspect of life at Zagora that has not  been brought to the attention of the general public. We very much hope that there will be further eldwork at the site, which holds a place in every study of early post-Bronze Age Greece. With this aspiration in mind Dr Hugh Thomas undertook an Infrared Photogrammetry Project that involved taking aerial photographs both of areas within the site and in its environs with the aim of identifying subsurface antiquities. The season was a success and has provided the co-directors of the excavations with a great deal of material which will help in the planning of future seasons.December saw the 2017 AAIA Contemporary Creative Resident, Melissa Deerson, take up residence in Athens for a month. This was denitely the place for Melissa, a visual artist, to work on her current  project which focusses on the meaning of the Karyatids and other supporting elements that are female in form. We also had the distinction of simultaneously hosting the third University of Wollongong AAIA Artist-in-Residence: Robert Howe, a painter from the Illawarra region of New South Wales. Robert used his time to great effect drawing and sketching in Athens and immersing himself in, among much else, the work of the Modernist Greek painters whom he so admires. I close this Report with a “thank you” to HE Mr John Grifn whose term as Australian Ambassador to Greece came to an end in the second half of 2017. Mr Grifn actively supported the Institute, attending events organized by the Friends and hosting a number of visiting student groups at his residence, as well as donating ne Australian wine for the receptions that followed the Institute’s Annual Reports and visiting a number of the eld projects conducted under its auspices. The Institute is truly grateful for the help Mr Grifn extended to it. Activities in Greece and Cyprus 2017 Artists-in-Residence, Mel Deerson and Rob Howe, chatting in the Hostel. Visit the AAIA website for long/short-term Hostel rates & to reserve on-line: athens-hostel.shtml Or contact the Athens Ofce available through our YouTube channel, bringing Australian (mainly) research to a wider audience. The funds also allowed us to purchase two new beds, and bed-linen and towels for all three bedrooms, and to re-upholster the living room arm chairs. We are very grateful to both Friends associations for their signicant contributions, which have certainly helped improve the general appearance of the apartment, and provide important items for the daily-use of our residents. Finally, a friend of the Institute, Eleni Mantheaki, has donated 8 framed prints from James “Athenian” Stuart and Nicholas Revett’s  Antiquities of Athens and Other Monuments of Greece , an 18th-century publication that played an inestimable role in establishing the neoclassical movement in western Europe. These prints now grace the walls of the Athens Hostel (see  AAIA Newsletter 10, Sept 2017). We are very grateful to Eleni Mantheaki for her generosity and to Andrew Hazewinkel for helping with their installation. Bacchus and ‘his Tyger’, the Lysicrates’ Monument frieze. From Stuart & Revett.
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