Penn Museum Scholars Lecture Series
A series of lunchtime lectures that highlights the work and research of Penn Museum scholars. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch.
Marie-Claude Boileau, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Asian Section, Penn Museum
""Pottery Technology and Regional Exchange Networks in Early Iron Age Central Crete""
Study of the Early Iron Age of Crete is rapidly expanding, and scholars have shown an increased interest in social developments taking place on the island between the abandonment and destruction of sites at the end of the Bronze Age and the emergence of the polis in the 8th century BC. This talk will present the results of a recent analytical study of stratified pottery from two settlements that show uninterrupted Early Iron Age occupation and that have deposits from domestic, funerary and ritual contexts: Knossos in north-central Crete and Thronos Kephala (ancient Sybrita) in west-central Crete. Each of these sites demonstrates distinct patterns in the production and consumption of coarse wares for cooking and storage, and distinct patterns of imports from other parts of Crete. Data from this study allow greater precision in our understanding of trade and interaction within Crete and shed new light on wider Mediterranean connectivity."