From Myth to Polis: Deciphering the Cultural Life of Ancient Aphidna Using Multi Modal Landscape Analysis
The talk presents the results of the Kotroni Archaeological Survey (2019–2023) at the site of ancient Aphidna, one of the constitutional demes of ancient Athens and a mythical landscape associated with the Athenian hero Theseus. Based on a variety of analyses and data sources, the diachronic cultural development of this primordial landscape is reconstructed for the first time. The lecture presents the combined outcomes of remote sensing, geo-archaeology, geophysics, and intensive survey, new evidence for habitation and economic activity within the immediate catchment area of the citadel, as well as several new sites dating from prehistory through the Ottoman era discovered during the survey. The significance of combining digital inquiry with standard field practices employing a multi-modal methodology is showcased as an effective means to document landscape characteristics, guide field work, and support rich archaeological interpretation of landscapes both in and outside the field.
(AIA National Danyale Z. English Lecture)
April 18 at 6:00 pm
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