[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Lecture: October 2, 2012

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Tue Sep 25 07:53:18 PDT 2012


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


Public Perceptions of Archaeology
and the Past in Local Communities in Greece

Anastasia Sakellariadi
as26 at princeton.edu <mailto:%20%20%20%20%20%20as26 at princeton.edu%20%20%20%20%20%20>
Ted and Elaine Athanassiades Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent: Nathan Arrington, Art and Archaeology

Greek archaeology has been based since its beginning on academic elitism and the newly-founded state's need to build a national identity. The discipline's 'national mission' and the development of archaeological heritage protection and conservation as an exclusive, state authority have impacted on both Greek archaeology and on the Greek people's relationship with the discipline, the Archaeological Service and antiquities themselves. As a result, the national narrative, various identities and other agendas define the role of archaeology in contemporary Greek society: a particularly fluid and perplexing context that has been shaped both historically and by more recent developments such as the 'crisis'. This lecture will discuss the results of a survey conducted among the populations of three local communities regarding their perceptions of archaeology, how they relate to local archaeological sites and archaeologists and their level of engagement with them, with the aim of offering interpretations from the perspectives of modern Greek history, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies.

Anastasia Sakellariadi studied Archaeology (2001) and History (2004) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She received Masters degrees in Byzantine Art and Archaeology (A.U.Th., 2005) and in Public Archaeology (UCL, 2006). In her doctoral dissertation she investigated the socio-political and economic role of archaeology in local communities in Greece (UCL, 2011). She has worked on several projects involving excavation, ethnographic research, documentation and digitization of collections and archaeological data management and publication. She drafted the Management Plan for the Cultural Resources of the Area of Philippi for the nomination of the archaeological site of Philippi to UNESCO's World Heritage List. She is the managing editor of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

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