Monasteries and harbors: Talks enlighten about archaeology finds


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Archaeologists who explore underwater Greek harbors and Egyptian monasteries will share their insights into daily life in the ancient world through an archaeology lecture series at the University of Louisville.

                 UofL’s history department and the Archaeological Institute of America’s Kentucky Society are sponsoring the free, public “Lectures in Archaeology.” Both events begin at 6 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium. Here is the spring 2017 schedule:

                  Feb. 9 — “At the Crossroad of the Ancient World: Lechaion – the Main Harbor of Ancient Corinth.” Bjorn Loven, associate professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Saxo Institute, specializes in ancient harbors and submerged sites. He is co-director of the Greek-Danish underwater investigations of the ancient Lechaion Harbor and director of the Zea Harbor project, both in Greece. He is a 2016-2017 Samuel Kress lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America.

                April 6 — “The Archaeology of Monastic Cooking and Baking in Egypt.” Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Wittenberg University history department chair and archaeology director, will draw from her research on the history and archaeology of monasticism in Egypt from the fifth to 12th centuries. A 2007-2008 Fulbright fellow to Egypt, she has done fieldwork there and in England and Jordan. Her book “The Monastic Landscape in Late Antique Egypt: An Archaeological Reconstruction” is set for publication this year.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.