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Lecture to Address Excavation of Archaic Athenian Household

Kathleen Lynch, professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati, to speak at Wooster on April 9

25 March, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, — Kathleen Lynch, professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati, will present "At Home in Archaic Athens: The Archaeology of a House Near the Athenian Agora" on Wednesday, April 9, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception will follow the presentation.

Lynch's lecture will explore the material remains of a late Archaic Athenian household excavated on the northwestern edge of the Athenian Agora. The Archaic house fell victim to the Persian destruction of Athens in 479 B.C., and the fragmentary remnants of the household possessions were discarded into the house's well during the clean up. Excavation of the well and the limited remains of architecture provide a rich view of daily activity for a single household, including the pottery, some of which provides a first-hand view of communal drinking in a domestic context. Other remains reveal food preparation methods, and faunal analysis of bone from the well shows that the diet included the expected sheep/goat, pig, and some beef, but also included the quite unexpected dog.

Lynch is a classical archaeologist who has worked on sites in Italy, Greece, Albania, and Turkey. She specializes in ceramics with a particular interest in Athenian figured wares from archaeological contexts. Her research currently spans a number of ceramic-related topics, from issues of Attic chronology to iconography, symposia (private banquets), and the structure of the ancient Greek household. In addition, her research considers the role trade played in shaping Attic potters' and painters' outputs. She has published one book, The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, Hesperia (Supplement 46) and is currently working on another, Athenian Vases and their Contexts: Vase Painters, Images, and their Viewers. A graduate of Boston University, where she majored in biology, Lynch earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She also studied at the American Academy of Rome and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Lynch's lecture is sponsored by the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.