November 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Norwegian Institute at Athens
Tsami Karatasou 5
Athina 117 42

On November 13, 2018, Dr. Signe Barfoed, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, will give a talk at the Norwegian Institute at Athens titled:

Mycenaean Kalydon: Preliminary results of the new research project “Rediscovering Artemis”

Kalydon in Aitolia was a prominent location in ancient Greek mythology. Homer’s description in the Iliad of the Kalydonian boar-hunt is probably the most famous myth, but Aitolia is also the setting of other well-known myths, for instance, the centaur Nessos’ fight with Herakles, which takes place at the river Evinos east of Kalydon.
Since the beginning of the 20th century archaeologists have been searching for the exact location of Homer’s Kalydon, but throughout the many years of the Danish-Greek collaboration in Kalydon only a few sherds of the Mycenaean period have been discovered at the site.
The new research project “Rediscovering Artemis” concerns the study and publication of the finds from the excavation of the Artemis Laphria sanctuary in Kalydon carried out by Konstantinos A. Rhomaios, Frederik Poulsen and Ejnar Dyggve in the 1920-30s. The publications of these explorations included the architecture, topography and architectural terracotta, but did not include the pottery and small finds, which were all meant to be published by Poulsen, who did not finish the work before his death in 1950.
Recently Mycenaean pottery was rediscovered in the large find assemblage from the 1920-30s excavations, and this talk is the first presentation of this Mycenaean material. The findspot of the Mycenaean assemblage will be discussed and contextualised, and it will be suggested that Kalydon now can be counted among the sparse Mycenaean settlements in the region of Aitolia.

Signe Barfoed received the PhD in Classical & Archaeological Studies from the University of Kent in 2016 and has an MA in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Since 2011, she has taken part in the ongoing Danish-Greek archaeological fieldwork in Kalydon, which focused on the excavations in the theatre and on the acropolis, as well as topographical work on the entire site. Barfoed’s main research interests are centred around religious behaviour, also expressed in her PhD dissertation on miniature pottery from Greek sanctuaries. In 2016 she instigated the research project “Rediscovering Artemis” which concerns the unpublished pottery and votives from the Artemis Laphria sanctuary in Kalydon. Tonight, she will present some of the most interesting result from her recent research.