Lecture by Dr. David Gilman Romano, University of Arizona, Lecture at Dickinson College

Lecture by Dr. David Gilman Romano, University of Arizona, Lecture at Dickinson College

Archaeological Institute of America

Dickinson College is home to the South Pennsylvania Society chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and with the support of the AIA, will host lectures during the 2018-19 academic year.

The lectures will begin at 6:30pm.
The lectures are free and open to the public.

2018-19 Lecture Schedule:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Dickinson College, Denny Hall 317

"Altars of Zeus, Games for the Gods:  Mt. Lykaion and Olympia in Early Greek Religion"
Lecturer:  Dr. David Gilman Romano
Director, Archaeological Mapping Lab
School of Anthropology
University of Arizona

Since 2004, the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, a synergasia project between the University of Airzona and the Ephorate of Arcadian Antiquities, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies, has been at work in Arcadia excavating at the 'birthplace of Zeus."  Found at the southern peak of Mt. Lykaion is an ash altar of Zeus that includes large amounts of Late Helladic pottery.  Because of the discovery of human and animal terracotta figurines, it is clear that the ash altar was the location of a mountain top Mycenaean shrine.  Burned femurs from the altar have been dated by C14 to as early as the 16th century B.C. suggesting that the burned dedication of goats and sheep were underway by that time.  Earlier pottery from the Neolithic, Early Helladic and Middle Helladic periods has also been found in the area of the altar of Zeus although it is not yet clear what these people were doing at the mountain peak.  The lower sanctuary at Mt. Lykaion was the site of the athletic festival the Lykaia known from literary and epigraphical sources.  Twenty-two miles away, as the eagle flies, from Mt. Lykaion is the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia, site of the famous ancient Olympic Games.  Excavations by the Deutsches Archaeologishes Institut have discovered the remains of the historically attested (Pausanias) ash altar of Zeus in the altis at Olympia.  The earlierst evidence for this ash altar dates to after 1050 B.C.  Could the ash altar of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion have been the model for the ash altar at Olympia?

Website on lecture topic:

Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project website:  http://lykaionexcavation.org/