Archaeology talk focuses on region of Turkey during Bronze Age

| January 29, 2014

The Bin Tepe burial mounds, seen here in 2012, are within the Central Lydian Archaeological Survey area.

UPDATED Tuesday, Feb. 4:

W&L’s Michael Laughy to replace Christopher Roosevelt as Archaeological Institute of America lecturer

Christopher Roosevelt is unable to present the AIA lecture due to weather conditions in the Boston area. In his place, Michael H. Laughy Jr., assistant professor of classics at Washington and Lee University, will present “The End of Ancient Athens: The Archaeology and History of the Athenian Twilight” at 6 p.m.  Feb. 5. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.


The Lynchburg chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and Sweet Briar College will host the AIA 2014 spring lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Sweet Briar’s 1948 Theater in the Fitness and Athletics Center. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Christopher Roosevelt will present “Between Hittites and Mycenaeans: The Bronze Age Archaeology of the Marmara Lake Basin Central Western Anatolia.”

Roosevelt is an associate professor of archaeology and director of graduate admissions in the archaeology department at Boston University. He holds degrees from Colby College and Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. He is the co-director of the Central Lydian Archaeological Survey, known as CLAS, in western Turkey.

CLAS, a widely interdisciplinary survey ongoing since 2005, is located in an agricultural region surrounding modern Lake Marmara (ancient Lake Gyges), about 90 minutes east of Izmir. Using a wide array of geographic, geomorphic and geophysical techniques, combined with extensive and intensive archaeological survey, the project has revealed more than 25,000 years of human occupation within the research area.

Concurrent investigations into heritage management and local community relations are important extensions of the project. CLAS works with members of the community, schools and Turkish ministry staff to develop a sustainable heritage management system in a district of rapidly expanding agricultural development.

This summer marks a project milestone with the beginning of intensive excavations at the site of Middle and Late Bronze Age Kaymakçi.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Keith Adams at [email protected] or (434) 229-5001.


Category: Anthropology, Archaeology