[MGSA-L] New public archaeology book--an unusual one!

George Baloglou gbaloglou at gmail.com
Sun Aug 31 12:25:18 PDT 2014

A rather timely puplication ... in view of what is going on right now
around Amfipolis: amidst all the excitement, visit by Antonis Samaras, etc
... we only now begin to hear the locals describing the standard story,
i.e. how they always knew about local antiquities, how they almost guided
archeologists to the great tomb, etc. One ends up feeling that the
state/academia discovers what the locals always knew only when the
circumstances are right! (Just a feeling, I do not wish to downgrade the
work done in Amfipolis and elsewhere...)

[Local Greeks in Malakopi/Derinkuyu in Turkey knew, prior to 1924, about
its famous 'underground city', Turkish travel guides report that it was
discovered in the 60's 'by accident': I asked a Turkish archeologist how
the local Greeks could ever keep such a secret from the local Turks, and he
responded with a smile that "local people always knew". (For a similar
incident involving the elusive wild cat of Crete have a look at
http://www.oswego.edu/~baloglou/misc/felix.html )]

... Less romantically, you also hear from locals about the money (not) made
through illegal antiquities trade: this summer, for example, someone was
telling me how his grandfather once exchanged an ancient helmet for two
mattresses :-))

On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 6:27 PM, Stroulia, Anna <astroulia at usi.edu> wrote:

> Stroulia, Anna, ed. 2014. ????????????? ???????: ??????? ??? ????? ???
> ???????? [Casting Kilada's Nets: Voices and Images of the Sea]. Koukkida,
> Athens, 208 pp. (in Greek with an English section).
> I am one of the archaeologists involved in the study of Franchthi Cave, an
> important prehistoric site in southern Greece excavated in the 1960s and
> 70s. A few years back, I went to the fishing village of Kilada to conduct a
> straightforward public archaeology project on the relationships of local
> people to the cave. Local people, nevertheless, pulled me into their own
> world; a world full of fish and boats, fish sellers and boat builders,
> shipwrecks and saints' miracles, fish recipes and fish delicacies, travels
> from Japan to the Canary Islands and from the Baltic Sea to Brazil...
> Casting Kilada's Nets presents the joy, the pain, and the love of the sea
> through the personal stories and photographs that the residents of Kilada
> shared with me. Copies of the book have been offered to the people of
> Kilada as a gift. The remaining copies are for sale. Proceeds from the sale
> will be used to fund educational programs in the village.
> Local people made Franchthi archaeology possible by providing labor and
> accommodation to the archaeologists during the excavations and by helping
> process the excavated remains. My career and the careers of some of my
> Franchthi colleagues have been built upon Franchthi archaeology. Publishing
> a book that honors and celebrates the lives of local people, offering it to
> them as a gift, and supporting local programs is the least that I and my
> Franchthi colleagues can do to express our gratitude and pay back our debt.
> -A. Stroulia
> For Greek and English excerpts of the book, visit
> https://usi.academia.edu/annaStroulia
> For purchases and donations, contact A. Stroulia at astroulia at usi.edu
> Anna Stroulia, Ph.D.
> Contract Assistant Professor
> Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice
> University of Southern Indiana
> 8600 University Boulevard
> Evansville, IN 47712
> astroulia at usi.edu<mailto:astroulia at usi.edu>
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