Giorgos Vavouranakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Tomáš Alušík (Charles University, Prague) & George Manginis (Benaki Museum, Athens), “The role of architects at the eve of prehistoric research in the Aegean: The case of Vaclav Seyk”
Vaclav Sejk or Seyk was of Czech origin. He lived in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries and his name is linked to the beginnings of archaeology as a discipline in Greece. He made the architectural drawings for the excavations at Lato, Gournia and Palaikastro in Crete, as well as the topographical plan of Sparta and conducted field work in the Troad. The present lecture aims to illuminate Vaclav Sejk’s life, which is connected to the Russian-Turkish War of 1878, the Ottoman Empire before the Young Turk Revolution, the Bulgarian pan-slavism, the Great War and the independence of Czechoslovakia during the Inter-War period. In addition, it assesses his work in relation to the wider epistemological framework of the period and brings about this relatively unknown personality of the Greek - and particularly - prehistoric archaeology.