Our next lecture for the 2018 Winter semester
Shipbuilding and Seafaring in the Bronze Age Aegean, and the Role of the East Aegean
Prof. Aleydis Van de Moortel, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, The 2017-2018 AIA Richard Steffy Lecturer
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6 pm
Our understanding of Bronze Age Aegean ships is largely based on a record of about 400 ship images, most of them small and schematic. On the basis of the characteristics of a Middle Bronze Age boat found at Mitrou, in central Greece, the speaker will argue for a new ship typology for the Bronze Age Aegean that is based on shipbuilding principles rather than iconographic details.
Recently found ship images suggest that in the Early Bronze Age, the East Aegean region had advanced shipbuilding technology and was the first area of the Aegean to use the sail. All this would have given East Aegean seafarers a decided advantage over those from the other parts of the Aegean, somewhat comparable to those enjoyed by Viking seafarers over other northern European seafarers in the early Middle Ages. The advanced East Aegean shipbuilding and ship propulsion technology in turn would help to explain the sudden appearance of Anatolian cultural features in the Central and West Aegean during the later part of the Early Bronze Age. The East Aegean innovations had a major impact on Aegean boatbuilding and seafaring, as they soon were adopted by shipbuilders in Minoan Crete and other areas.
Completed Lecture Winter 2018:
Vikings: The Exhibition
Dr. Craig Cipolla, Associate Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
This talk summarizes the main themes and content of the Royal Ontario Museum’s new show, Vikings: The Exhibition. It emphasizes how the exhibition challenges popular notions of Vikings and Viking history while outlining recent archaeological findings. It also highlights the Royal Ontario Museum’s main addition to the travelling exhibition: a special section dealing with Viking archaeology in Canada. This new material includes artifacts from the well-established Viking site, L’anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland as well as some of the more recent and controversial Viking finds in other parts of Canada.
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