Katerina Vrettou

Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 20:00 to 21:00
Event Description: 

The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens and the Trinity College Dublin, Department of Classics, The University of Dublin, are inviting you to an online lecture by Katerina Vrettou, Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Heidelberg. This will take place at 18.00 pm (UK time)/ 20.00 pm (Greek time) on Thursday 25th November.


Transcultural contacts and the influence of the Cyclades on the material culture of Crete during the Bronze Age


Movability and the regular contacts between different areas in the Aegean during the long period of the Bronze Age, resulted in the Aegean becoming a region where many elements were about to interrelate and shape different cultural traits. The regular and close contacts between Cyclades and Crete played a crucial role in these developing processes and contributed to the creation of an amalgam of cultural features in Crete where the influence of the Cyclades is observable. This paper constitutes an analytic approach of the character of the transcultural entanglements that were created between Cyclades and Crete during the Bronze Age. The most crucial question that arises is how the Cycladic ‘foreign’ objects in Crete were perceived by the local population and further how they became adopted, in some cases adapted and, in the end, integrated in the local codes of communication and practice. While there was a long tradition in the beginning of the archaeological research of defining cultures and marking territorial regimes, in the last years there has been an attempt of a new approach and an overall reassessment of what we think as ‘Minoan’ and ‘Cycladic’ culture. This study seeks to contribute to a thorough interpretation of the perception of material culture in Aegean prehistory by employing novel theoretical models of transcultural research considering the active role of material culture in the negotiation of social values and identities. The envisaged results of the study possess a wider relevance because transcultural contacts and interrelations – and through them the processes of transformation – refer to diachronic phenomena and processes.


Katerina Vrettou received her degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Then she completed her Master in the University of Heidelberg with main interest in the Aegean Bronze Age and the Near East. During her studies in the University of Athens she took part in many excavations and archaeological projects in Paleochora, Andros, Karthaia, Kea and more. For the past four years she has been a member of the team of the archaeological project of Koumasa, directed by the University of Heidelberg and supervised by Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos.


Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transcultural-contacts-and-the-influence-of-the-cyclades-tickets-201518546397 ,  where you will find a Zoom link to attend the lecture.

Email for any further information: irishinstitutegr@gmail.com.