February 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Norwegian Institute at Athens
Tsami Karatasou 5
11742 Athens

On Monday, February 25, 2019, Ariadne Kostomitsopoulou Marketou (Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo) will give a talk titled

A matter of colour: The material remains of a Hellenistic production site at the ancient agora of Kos

The lecture will take place at the Norwegian Institute at Athens, Tsami Karatasou 5, 5th floor.

A production site was brought to light in the southern sector of the ancient agora of Kos by the excavations of the 22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical antiquities, undertaken by Ch. Kantzia (1984-1989) and E. Papanikolaou (2009-2011). The site was found at a privileged location in the heart of the ancient town, interconnected with the main commercial street and the port. The production debris from the site indicates that pigments were produced at this location in conjunction with metallurgical processes. Pigment manufacture included the treatment of natural materials for the production of earth pigments and the synthesis of the artificial material called Egyptian blue. Most pigment lumps were found in the context of fire-structures, among finds related to silver recovery from argentiferous ore through cupellation (e.g. tubular litharge rods, lead drops and amorphous lumps, silver droplets). This talk aims to present the evidence for the intertwined technological processes involved in these productions through the contextual scientific analysis of the workshop’s material remains.