An interesting item that’s been buried in my mailbox this week:
A large number of animal sacrifices found on an archaeological dig have shown Carshalton was likely to have been a key spiritual site in the Iron Age.
Ancient Roman remains of buried babies and animals were unearthed last summer at an archaeological dig on the site of the new Stanley Park High School.
Now a consultant archaeologist who worked on the dig has said more than a hundred animal sacrifices on the site, including sheep, a pig, a horse, a goat and dogs show it must have attracted a large number of people.
Duncan Hawkins said: “It was extraordinary. Normally the number of ritual pits found in a settlement is two or three, but on this site we found more than 30.”
He said he believed the number of sacrifices was because it was close to a Bronze age circular enclosure – an early example of a stone circle like Stone Henge – that lay under the site of the former Queen Mary’s Hospital.
He said it was one of the most important finds in London in the past 30 years.
Some 15 child bodies were also found. The high humber was because of the high infant mortality rate.
I can’t find any coverage of this from last summer; it’s amazing (but a credit to those involved) that this didn’t get sensationalized into a ‘baby sacrifice’ site story …
Ancient Greeks / Modern Lives
Combat Trauma on the Ancient Stage Conference
Hosted by Aquila Theatre, the NYU Center for Ancient Studies and Humanities Initiative and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Wednesday April 20 and Thursday April 21, 2011
All events at Hemmerdinger Hall (100 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003) except for Six Characters In Search of An Author at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Wednesday, April 20 2011
4:45PM Keynote Address
Denying Combat Trauma: The Missing Diagnosis in Ancient Greece
David Konstan, New York University
6:30PM Ancient Greeks / Modern Lives Staged Reading
Selections From Homer’s Odyssey, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Ajax and Euripides’ Herakles.
Peter Meineck, New York University with Aquila Theatre and Friends
Thursday, April 21 2011
10:00AM SESSION 1
Dreams of My Father: Warfare and Paternity in Sophocles
Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Temple University
Women After War: Weaving Nostos in Homeric Epic and in the 21st Century
Corinne Pache, Trinity Universitiy
Performing Greek Tragedy at GITMO: Excavating an Ancient Audience
Bryan Doerries, Theater of War Productions
12:00PM lunch break
1:30PM SESSION 2
Recollections of Combat Trauma in the Dialogues of Plato
S. Sara Monoson, Northwestern University
When war is performed, what do soldiers see and hear, think and say-or not say?
Tom Palaima, University of Texas at Austin
3:30 SESSION 3f Dreamers and Ravished minds: Surviving War, Surviving Trauma
Lawrence A. Tritle, Loyola Marymount University
The Veteran’s Voice – A Town Hall Meeting
Pirandello’s Six Characters In Search of An Author
Aquila Theatre at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
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9:20 Post-Show Discussion
Speaking of Iklaina … from the Classics list:
The Iklaina Excavation is seeking students and volunteers for the 2011
field season (June 13-July 9). Iklaina is a Mycenaean town in the
region of Pylos, identified in the Linear B tablets as a-pu2, one of the
district capitals of the Hither Province (AJA 2006, pp. 205-228). The
site includes two large building complexes (one of the megaron type),
several houses, a Cyclopean terrace, and many finds, including frescoes
and Linear B. The project includes excavation, travel to the major
sites and museums in the Peloponnese, and evening classes and seminars
on Greek culture, history, and archaeology. Students can receive 6
credits through the department of Anthropology at the University of
Missouri-St. Louis; volunteers on an auditing basis are also welcome to
apply. Applications will be accepted until the project is filled. All
relevant information, including application forms and registration
instructions, can be found at the project website, www.iklaina.org.