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Three weeks ago when in introducing Cole Furr, an MA student in Art History at the University of Toronto, to his trench at the Petras cemetery excavation [see: www.petras-excavations.gr], seeing the jumble of stones, with sherds and bones protruding from bottom and the scarps, I told him, “It’s complicated”. Both his trench and the rest of those being excavated this year have proven to be “complicated”.

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78-10-003 Istanbul, two Corinthian capitals of narthex of St. John of Studion

Istanbul, two Corinthian capitals of narthex of St. John of Studion (Professor Fred Winter, 1978)

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As I begin this one-year term as Interim Academic Director of the Canadian Institute in Greece, I am grateful to the Board of Directors for approving my application. The CIG has done so much for so many that I am happy to contribute in any way I can to leading it during this exciting and transitional time.

I am currently in Athens but will be returning to Canada in mid-August for teaching during the Fall semester at the University of Victoria. This will also be my final semester as Chair of the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at UVic, a position I first took on in 2012.

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