Location: Smith Center 236 (across the hall from the Multicultural Center)
The Caucasus - the mountainous area lying between the Black and the Caspian Seas - is rarely discussed, and even less frequently visited, by classical archaeologists. Yet in antiquity this area formed part of the periphery of the classical Greek world, and was pulled within the orbits of the Achaemenid, Roman and Parthian empires. Clear signs of Mediterranean contact are visible in many dimensions of the region's art and material culture, from the Roman-style temple/tomb at Garni to sculpture and glyptic found at Artashat, a capital city allegedly founded by Hannibal. This lecture will make the case for doing 'classical archaeology in the Caucasus' and will also report on the first season of new American-Armenian collaborative fieldwork, the Vorotan Project in southern Armenia, co-directed by the speaker.
This lecture is being sponsored by the AIA in partnership with the ASA (PSU's Anthropology Students Association).