Past Events

International Colloquium

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 09:30 to Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 19:45
Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, Parthenonos 14
Event Description: 

"From Maple to Olive: A Colloquium to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Institute in Greece"




09.30–10.00    Registration

10.00–10.45    Welcoming Remarks

                        R. Angus K. Smith (President, Canadian Institute in Greece)

                        H.E. Keith Morrill (Ambassador of Canada to the Hellenic Republic)

Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki (General Secretary, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport)

10.45–11.30    Keynote Address

From Maple to Olive: Canadian Fieldwork and Research Transforming the Archaeologies of Greece

David W. Rupp (Canadian Institute in Greece / Brock University)


11.30–12.00    Break


Session I

Chair: Jane Francis (Concordia University)

12.00–12.20    Kiapha Thiti: the pottery from the earliest phase of the acropolis (Final Neolithic-Early Bronze Age)

Margarita Nazou (Ghent University)

12.20–12.40    Kamares Cave and the early, ritual landscape of South Central Crete:  Diachronic changes in cave rituals

Loeta Tyree (ASCSA)

12.40–13.00    Of Bulls and Banquets: James Walter Graham’s Contributions to Minoan Archaeology and their Lasting Influence

D. Matthew Buell (Concordia University)

13.00–13.20    Using Archaeological Science to Reconstruct Mycenaean Burial Practices

R. Angus K. Smith (Brock University), Mary K. Dabney (Bryn Mawr College), James C. Wright (ASCSA)

13.20–13.40    Discussion


13.40–15.00    Lunch Break


Session II

Chair: Lucia Nixon (Wolfson College, Oxford)

15.00–15.20    Looking back in time: Three decades of research into the prehistory of Southern Euboea

Tracey Cullen (ASCSA), Lauren E. Talalay (University of Michigan), Žarko Tankosić (Norwegian Institute at Athens), Donald R. Keller (ACOR), Markos Katsianis (Aristotle University Thessaloniki)

15.20–15.40    Fact or Fiction? Lithics-only Prehistoric Sites in the Karystian Plain in Light of New Evidence from Southern Euboea

Zarko Tankosic (Norwegian Institute at Athens)

15.40–16.00    The Mytilene Project

Hector Williams (University of British Columbia)

16.00–16.20    Archaic Imported Fine Wares from Canadian-Greek Excavations on the Lower Town Site at Mytilene

Gerald P. Schaus (Wilfrid Laurier University)

16.20–16.40    Discussion


16.40–17.10    Break


Session III

Chair: Alexis Young (Wilfrid Laurier University)

17.10–17.30    Un complexe commercial à Argilos

Jacques Perreault (Université de Montréal)

17.30–17.50    Notes sur un Groupe de Cratères Archaïques d’Argilos

Martin Perron (Parks Canada Agency)

17.50–18.10    Adventurous Speculation about Kle(on?) and an Owl at Argilos

Mark L. Lawall (University of Manitoba)

18.10–18.30    Architectural Energetics and Archaic Cretan Urbanisation

Rodney D. Fitzsimons (Trent University)

18.30–18.50    Discussion



09.00–09.30    Registration

Session IV

Chair: Maria Papaioannou (University of New Brunswick)

09.30–09.50    The Palaeolithic Quarry and Stone Tool Workshops of Stélida, Naxos: New Light on Early Humans in the Aegean Basin

Tristan Carter (McMaster University), Demetrios Athanassoulis (Hellenic Ministry of Culture), Daniel Contreras (Aix-Marseille Universite), Justin Holcomb (Boston University), Danica Mihailović (Belgrade University), Nikolaos Skarpelis (University of Athens), Kathryn Campeau (McMaster University), James Feathers (Washington University)

09.50–10.10    Mycenaean Eleon and Eastern Boeotia during the Bronze Age

Bryan Burns (Wellesley College), Brendan Burke (University of Victoria), Alexandra Charami (Hellenic Ministry of Culture)

10.10–10.30    Archaic and Classical Eleon in Eastern Boeotia: Canadian Excavations from 2011-2015

Brendan Burke (University of Victoria), Bryan Burns (Wellesley College), Alexandra Charami (Hellenic Ministry of Culture)

10.30–10.50    The Defense Network in the Chora of Mantineia

Matthew Maher (University of Winnipeg), Alistair Mowat (University of Manitoba)

10.50–11.10    Athens and the Sikels in the late fifth century BC

Spencer Pope (McMaster University)

11.10–11.30    Discussion


11.30–12.00    Break


Session V

Chair: Tristan Carter (McMaster University)

12.00–12.20    To Argos: Archaeological survey in the Western Argolid, 2014-2015

Dimitri Nakassis (University of Toronto), Scott Gallimore, (Wilfrid Laurier University), Sarah A. James, (University of Colorado Boulder), William Caraher (University of North Dakota)

12.20–12.40    The Stymphalos Project

Hector Williams (University of British Columbia)

12.40–13.00    The Examination of Selected Motifs on Votive Offerings of Jewellery from the Acropolis Sanctuary, Stymphalos: Towards a Greater Perspective of Cult

Alexis Young (Wilfrid Laurier University)

13.00–13.20    Contributions to Canadian Maritime Archaeology: Harbors, Urbanism, and Ideology in Asia Minor

Lana Radloff (University at Buffalo, SUNY; ASCSA)

13.20–13.40    Discussion

13.40–15.00    Lunch Break


Session VI

Chair: Sheila Campbell (University of Toronto)

15.00–15.20    From sherds to slope: Interpreting survey data at Kastro Kallithea in Thessaly

Laura Surtees (Bryn Mawr College), Margriet Haagsma (University of Alberta), Sophia Karapanou (Hellenic Ministry of Culture)

15.20–15.40    Kastro Kallithea: the analysis of ceramics from a Hellenistic townhouse

Colette Beestman-Kruyshaar (University of Amsterdam), Margriet Haagsma (University of Alberta), Sophia Karapanou (Hellenic Ministry of Culture)

15.40–16.00    Home away from Home: Canada's Contribution to Greek Domestic Studies

Craig I. Hardiman (University of Waterloo)

16.00–16.20    Negotiating Identities: Material Expression of Cults in Perrhaibia

Gino Ruggiero Canlas (University of Alberta)

16.20–16.40    Cultural Landscapes and Resources in Sphakia, Crete: A Diachronic Perspective

Lucia Nixon (Wolfson College, Oxford), Jennifer Moody (University of Texas at Austin)

16.40–17.00    Discussion


17.00–17.30    Break


Session VII

Chair: Gerald P. Schaus (Wilfrid Laurier University)

17.30–17.50    Roman Influence on Greek Sphakia

Jane Francis (Concordia University)

17.50–18.10    The Leukos Survey Project: A Small Early and Middle Byzantine Harbour

D. J. Ian Begg (Trent University), Michael C. Nelson (Queen’s College), Todd Brenningmeyer (Maryville University), Amanda Kelly (University College Dublin)

18.10–18.30    The Digital World of Greek Archaeology: Terrestrial Laser Scanning

Maria Papaioannou, Peter Dare (University of New Brunswick)

18.30–18.50    The Cistercian Monastery of Zaraka in Arcadia

Sheila Campbell (University of Toronto)

18.50–19.10    Discussion

19.10–19.30    Presentation of the forthcoming monograph:

Sheila Campbell (ed.), “The Cistercian Monastery of Zaraka in Arcadia” (Publications of the Canadian Institute in Greece, No. 9)

19.30–19.45    Closing Remarks

R. Angus K. Smith (President, Canadian Institute in Greece)

20.00               Dinner for Speakers

Open Meeting & lecture by Margriet Haagsma

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -
19:00 to 20:30
Danish Institute, Herefontos 14A
Event Description: 

David Rupp (Director), "The Activities of the Institute 2015-2016"

Margriet Haagsma (University of Alberta), "Dwelling in contested lands: the Classical/Hellenistic Settlement at Kastro Kallithea"

Book presentation by Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -
19:00 to 20:00
Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, Ottawa
Event Description: 

The OPA! Way – Finding Joy and Meaning in Everyday Life and Work.  A best –seller book presented by Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon, cofounders of the OPA! Way and the OPA! Center for Meaning.

Lecture by Cindy Lee Scott

Sunday, May 8, 2016 -
14:00 to 15:00
R303 Paterson Hall, Carleton University, Ottawa
Event Description: 

Cindy Lee Scott (Objects Conservation (Private Practice) CLS Conservation Services Ltd.), "From the Ground to the Shelf – The Role of Conservation in the Archaeological Process"

Lecture by Sarah Nash

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 -
19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Sarah Nash (Neda and Franz Leipen Fellow, The Canadian Institute in Greece; Ph.D. candidate, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta), “Portraits of Romans as Hercules and Omphale”

It was not uncommon in antiquity to depict men and women in the guise of mythical figures. The choice of Hercules and Queen Omphale of Lydia, however, cannot be explained in such a straightforward manner. The ancient texts tend to characterize Omphale as a dominant and even “emasculating” woman, whose contravention of patriarchal values is epitomized by cross-dressing and exchanging gender roles with her slave – or ‘captivated’ lover – Hercules. Moreover, the comparison of historical figures to Hercules and Omphale is in every instance defamatory. Given the prevalence of this negative portrayal of Omphale in the textual sources, it is quite striking to find portraiture depicting Roman matrons as the nude queen with Hercules’ lion skin and club. The primary research objective then is to assess how Omphale becomes reconciled with the model of the chaste and obedient Roman matron in commemorative contexts.

In assessing what images of Hercules and Omphale evoke for Roman viewers, scholars traditionally defer to the literary sources, which has only cast the images in a negative light, or even as Augustan counter-propaganda against Marcus Antonius and Kleopatra. We must, rather, evaluate these images in their own terms and social context. Semiotic analysis allows us to situate images of Hercules and Omphale within the Hellenistic iconographic tradition of “disarming love”, as yet another expression of the power of Eros. Moreover, I find theories of identification valuable in exploring how Hercules and Omphale become for the Roman viewers an exemplum felicitatis, or model of happiness in their private lives. By readdressing three main categories of evidence – namely, domestic frescoes, tableware and objects of personal adornment – I intend to offer concrete instances in which the Romans evidently wished to relate to Hercules and Omphale, a trend which culminates in the mythological portraiture of the late-first to third centuries CE. In terms of the portraiture itself, I argue overall that Hercules and Omphale – as a symbol for 'the power of eros’ – were suitable models for spouses in an era which witnessed first of all a positive re-evaluation of eros in marriage, and secondly of andreia (i.e. ‘manliness’) in women, both of which contributed to harmonia between husband and wife.

Lectures by Leslie Tepper & Evelyn Vanderhoop

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 -
19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute in Greece, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dr. Leslie Tepper (Ethnologis & Curator, Canadian Museum of History), "Haida: Creating a Contemporary Exhibition"

Evelyn Vanderhoop (Canadian Haida Artist), "Haida: Creating Contemporary Identity through Traditional Knowledge"


In connection with the Haida: Life. Spirit. Art exhibition (on display until April 20th at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki), we invite you to a presentation by an expert on Pacific west Coast Aboriginal History/Anthropology and a Haida artist (Dr. Leslie Tepper, Curator-Ethnologist at the Canadian Museum of History; Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida Artist Textile Weaver).

The evening event will include a lecture by Leslie (20 min) about the Northwest Coast culture with a focus on the Haida, followed by a talk by Evelyn (20 min) on topics such as weaving, family history, return of weaving to the community, followed by a showing/demonstration of the woven items Evelyn will have with her (10-15 min). The event will conclude with a Q&A. A slide show will accompany the presentations.

Lecture by Metaxia Tsipopoulou

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 -
19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Metaxia Tsipopoulou (Director Emerita, Hellenic Ministry of Culture), “«Ce qui donne un sens à la vie donne un sens à la mort» (Antoine de Saint Exupéry). The Pre- and Proto-palatial cemetery at Petras, Siteia. (ca 2800-1900 BC)”

At Petras, Siteia, in Northeastern Crete, the archaeological sites extend over two neighbouring hills. Excavations, directed by Metaxia Tsipopoulou, started in 1985 and are still in progress. On Hill I an important Minoan palace and parts of a settlement occupied from the Early Minoan II to the Late Minoan IIIB periods were excavated. On Hill II (or Kephala), a Final Neolithic IV and Early Minoan I settlement, another settlement dated to the Late Minoan III and an extensive Early Minoan I to Middle Minoan II cemetery are being excavated.

Petras played a leading role in the cultural, economic, and religious networks not only of Crete, but also of the Aegean, and beyond, in the Eastern Mediterranean. The cemetery comprises house-tombs with up to 10 rooms measuring between 50-90m, each of them used by an extended elite family.  To date 14 house tombs have been excavated and there is a possibility of more. The tombs were unplundered and this fact combined with the modern methods of the excavation, documentation and study by an international group of experts offer a unique opportunity to understand social status and competition in a Pre- and Protopalatial society.

Lecture by Florence Liard

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 -
19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Florence Liard (Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Libre de Bruxelles), “The knowledge, skills and traditions of ancient potters: Exploring the principles and potential of ceramic petrology in Greek archaeology”

The detection of markers of “crisis”, which can be broadly defined as a deep social disruption followed by restructuring, is a research theme that has become popular in Greek archaeology. It has often been researched through a typo-stylistic study of decorated pottery, with the aim of reconstructing historical landmarks of past civilizations.

This lecture investigates the use of ceramic petrology over the past 35 years, through a comparative account of studies carried out in protohistoric (Late Bronze Age Crete) as well as historical contexts (Late Byzantine and Frankish Greece). Advances in sampling strategies and instrumentation are discussed in relation to the evolution of wider theoretical frameworks and research inquiries in the discipline of archaeology.

Dr. Liard will discuss how and to what extent ceramic petrology, albeit at the dawn of its development in this context, can provide further understanding of the phenomena of crisis and their local outcome on past populations’ lifestyles, through a detailed study of technological traditions associated with pottery production and use.

Lecture by Brendan Burke

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 -
19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Brendan Burke (Associate Professor, Department of Greek & Roman Studies, University of Victoria), “Myths of Wealth in the Ancient World: Ex Oriente Lux”

Many foreigners, according to Greek sources, had a reputation for astronomical wealth: Priam, Midas, Croesus, Maussolos are just a few. Legends surrounding these individuals were a great source of fascination. What is often surprising to modern audiences, however, is that most of these figures from Greek and Roman legend were powerful, historical rulers. It is also often assumed that incredible wealth was in some ways corrupting or debilitating to those who held it. This lecture examines these stories and looks at the archaeological evidence for such fabulous wealth in order to distinguish myth from history.

Lecture by Dimitri Nakassis

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 -
19:30 to 20:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Dimitri Nakassis (Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Toronto), “From types to relations: complicating the economic history of the Greek Late Bronze Age”

Research into the early Greek economy has largely relied on static types built from the top down on the basis of analogical and textual evidence, despite the rapid growth in the archaeological evidence over the past fifty years. This paper argues, through analysis of the internal organization of the palatial economy and its external exchange relations, that conventional models do not adequately explain the economy of the Greek Late Bronze Age. It is usually thought, on analogy with the Near East, that the economic roles of the Mycenaean palaces were redistributive as to staples and reciprocal as to wealth, yet the evidence is much less clear than has been thought. Internally, the palaces made use of a variety of means to acquire goods, including market-type exchanges, and it is probable that interregional trade was mainly coordinated by elite intermediaries.