The location of Corinth at the Isthmus has ensured that from the Neolithic to beginnings of the Modern Greek State, the city has had a central role in the commerce of the Eastern Mediterranean. Its location is also responsible for the poverty, in the archaeological record, of the famous wealth of the city with the result that researchers have been forced to concentrate on the mundane.
Over the past 20 years we have adopted Northern European methodologies replacing those traditionally used by Classical archaeologists and, as a result, the little things we find have made big differences to the way we think about chronology, material culture and the place of Corinth in the past. Corinth’s cultural “reach”, both ancient and modern, means that these changes have a local regional and even European-wide impact.
Guy D.R. Sanders has been director of the American School of Classical Studies’ Excavations at Corinth since 1997. He received his BA from the University of Southampton (1977, Geography and Archaeology) and went on to work as a land surveyor from 1978-1984. He received his MA from the University of Missouri (1986, Art History and Archaeology) and completed most class work for a PhD before taking up the post of Assistant Director of the British School at Athens (1988-94). His PhD was conferred by the University of Birmingham (1996, Ancient History and Archaeology) before being appointed Associate Director of Corinth in the same year.
He has excavated at Ayios Stephanos (1974, 1977) and the Menelaion in Lakonia (1974, 1984), at Phylakopi on Melos (1975, 1976), at Kourion as Field Director (1980-1981) and Saranda Kolonnes, 1983-1984) both on Cyprus, at Mirobriga in Portugal (1981, 1982) and Corinth (1986, 1995-1997). He has participated in archaeological surveys in Lakonia (1983-1988), the Strymon Delta (1983), Kalavasos and Stymphalos (1981-1983) and co-directed a survey in Melos with Richard Catling (1989-1992).
As a medieval and Roman ceramics consultant he has worked on several projects including twelve months as a research assistant in Corinth to Professor Kathleen Slane (1985-1986). His own excavations on Geometric, Hellenistic, Roman, medieval, and early modern levels in the Panayia Field at Corinth were conducted from 1995 to 2007. Excavations at Nezi field began in 2007.
His interests lie in economic, social and historical geography, archaeological science and ceramics especially of the Late Roman, Byzantine, post Byzantine and Early Modern periods. In addition to his administrative and research responsibilities at Corinth, he directs the American School’s Peloponnese trip and leads the pedagogy of the excavation training sessions.
Dr. Gert Jan van Wijngaarden will introduce the lecture and give the opportunity for questions and discussion afterwards.
Thanks to the Byvanck Foundation this lecture will be published and handed out to the audience for free
Held for the first time in 2007, the Byvanck Lecture is the result of a generous donation from the bequest of the late Lily Byvanck-Quarles van Ufford, who has for many years been the driving force of our periodical BABESCH (formerly Bulletin Antieke Beschaving). The foundation set up in her name aims to further the scholarship of Archaeology and the quality of the publication she held so dear - in other words for the past to have a future, and so continue her work.
The subject of the Byvanck Lecture alternates each year between Greek and Roman.
The Byvanck Lecture is organised in conjunction with the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, and thanks to the Byvanck Foundation the admission is free.
The Museum will remain open during the evening. The following exhibitions are being held at the time of the lecture:
'Queens of the Nile' This exhibition will tell the unique story of the ancient Egyptians pharaohs' wives during the New Kingdom period (1500 to 1000 BC). Visitors can admire 350 top archaeological pieces, including rare sculptures, magnificent jewellery and luxurious artefacts used by women at the Egyptian court, plus the sarcophagus cover and grave goods entombed with one of Egypt’s most celebrated queens, Nefertari. The Museo Egizio in Turin is loaning 225 of its finest objects for the exhibition. This is the second largest ancient Egyptian Museum in the world. From 18 November 2016 until 17 April 2017.
'Splendour & Precision' This exhibition presents the finest and most exceptional precious and semi-precious stones from the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities – more than one hundred engraved gems from the ancient Near East, Egypt and the classical world. Many are no larger than a fingertip. The stones are engraved with symbols, magic spells and images of gods, animals and emperors. Until 31 December 2017.
'Of Meuse & Man' The exhibition area next to the section on 'the Archaeology of the Netherlands' will be displaying a small exhibition on the archaeology of the Meuse River. Most of the objects on display are from the National Museum of Antiquities' own collection and were dredged up from the river or found on its banks. They illuminate 300,000 years of human life along the Meuse, from prehistoric times up to and including the late Middle Ages. Until 31 December 2016.
For more information about the Museum and its exhibitions please visit the website at www.rmo.nl
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We look forward to sharing the past with you in the future.