Gerald P. Schaus

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Date: 
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
Location: 
The Canadian Institute in Greece, Orminiou 3A
Event Description: 

Dr. Gerald P. Schaus (Professor Emeritus, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University), "Sadly, a Looted Cave Sanctuary High Above Stymphalia, Arkadia"

A remote rock shelter formed by drainage from a small bowl-like valley high on Mt. Oligyrtos in northeastern Arkadia attracted worshippers for a period of about 200 years (ca. 575 – 375 BCE). The site has been pillaged by looters seeking valuable antiquities over the past thirty years. Some material salvaged from surface debris left by the looters provides clues about the cult and its worshippers. Pottery, figurines and jewelry form the bulk of the debris. The identity of the cult, its history and ritual practices, its place in local inter-polis relations and its protection from ancient thievery are subjects of consideration.