Lecture by Trevor Van Damme

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Trevor Van Damme (Ph.D. candidate, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA), “Food for Thought: The Granary at Mycenae Revisited”

The so-called Granary at Mycenae was one of the first structures excavated by Heinrich Schliemann in 1876, even before his discovery of rich Early Mycenaean shaft graves in Grave Circle A. Although clearly an important and well-preserved structure, its function remained unclear. Its excavation was completed by Alan Wace in 1920, who, on account of abundant charred remains of cereals and vetches, suggested a public storage function for the structure and named it the Granary. 

In this paper, I re-examine the excavation records of both Schliemann and Wace and compare the recovered assemblage of finds to typical post-palatial households elsewhere. The presence of a large number of undecorated three-handled goblets in particular suggests ritualized drinking may have been integral to its function and offers tantalizing links between the LH IIIC Granary and the early Mycenaean Grave Circle A.