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The Institute’s annual Open Meeting will take place on Thursday June 2, starting at 19.00, in our auditorium at Orminiou 3A (Ilisia; close to the Hilton Hotel). The Institute’s Director, Professor Jacques Perreault, will report on the activities of the Institute during the past year, focusing on CIG-sponsored fieldwork and study seasons at Argilos (Macedonia), Eleon (Boeotia), Khavania (Crete), Stelida (Naxos), and around Porto Rafti (Attica) and Kastro Kallithea (Thessaly).

Following the director’s report, we will hear a lecture by this year’s invited speaker, Professor Chelsea A. M. Gardner (Department of History & Classics, Acadia University). Her lecture is entitled, “The CARTography Project: Following in the Footsteps of the Past”.

“The CARTography Project (Cataloguing Ancient Routes and Travellers in the Mani Peninsula) is an archaeological and Digital Humanities initiative that aims to map the routes of individuals who journeyed through the Mani Peninsula in southern Lakonia from antiquity to the mid-20th century. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, we digitally reconstruct travellers’ journeys and then ground truth these results to better understand pre-modern travel. In this talk, I discuss how experimental hikes can help archaeologists better understand the embodied experience of pedestrian exploration (including seasonality, mode of transportation, and potential alternative routes), and can aid in obtaining data that is used to assess the accuracy of computer-generated models like least-cost paths.”

We look forward to you joining us on Thursday evening for the Institute’s annual Open Meeting.

Jonathan Tomlinson
Assistant Director