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ASCSA’s ICOM IMD event poster created by Moira Lavelle.

06/02/2017

2017 Corinth Excavation & Museum Sessions

Katherine M. Petrole

Corinth Excavations recently finished the final day of excavations for the 2017 season. Excavation was conducted in the Frankish Area southeast of Temple E under the direction of Corinth Excavations Director, Guy Sanders, and Field Director, Rossana Valente, University of Edinburgh PhD Candidate. The goal was to wrap up excavations in preparation for finishing the Frankish Area restoration project.

April

The April season excavation supervisors were Caitlin Clerkin and Heather Bowyer. Andrew Ward returned to volunteer in the museum and continued working on his Potters’ Quarter museum project from last year, including creating, editing, updating, or inventorying over 7,000 records on the database.

May

The May season excavation supervisor was Tori Bedingfield. Ruben Post worked in the museum, studying and entering data for coins in the collection from the Achaean League, materials he is using in his dissertation. Justin Dwyer returned to volunteer in the museum and continued working on his terracotta comic actor figurines project from last year, including associating object records with their full context information. Jeff Banks worked in the museum, identifying, labeling, and inventorying approximately 150 ceramic vessels from Zygouries. Corinth Excavations Illustrator Christina Kolb returned and continued drawing objects for Corinthian scholars.

Steinmetz Family Foundation Museum Fellow Katie Petrole has been busy finalizing Corinth Excavations lesson plans and uploading them to the K-12 Educational Resources website. With Corinth Excavations Assistant Director Dr. Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst, Katie prepared for a major collaboration with  representatives from KEPAP (Center for Culture, Athletics, and Environment of the Demos Corinthion) and Ephoreia of the Antiquities of the Corinthia. The planning team produced two pre-registered programs about sacred prostitution in Corinth in honor of International Museum Day (IMD), an International Council of Museums (ICOM) event. The programs, titled “City of Aphrodite”, featured objects from the ASCSA's collections related to the different roles of Aphrodite, ranging from terracotta figurines and doves to a bronze bowl and agate gemstone. Corinth Excavations Photographer Petros Dellatolas produced exquisitely artistic photographs of some the artifacts in preparation for the event and for its advertisement on social media. Local actors and members of the Opus Femina, the local choir led by Fallia Papayiannopoulou, recited and chanted excerpts from ancient literature pertaining to the complex issue of sacred prostitution in Corinth. All participants were thrilled to receive a plaster pendant with an imprint of the image of Aphrodite Hoplismeni from the agate gemstone (MF-2013-13) prepared with love by Corinth Excavations Conservator, Nicol Anastassatou. After these programs, Katie organized an informal artifact table around the theme “Saying the Unspeakable in Museums: Corinth Excavations and Contested Histories” in the museum courtyard. Volunteer Dimitra Sidiropoulou assisted at the table and helped visitors make connections with the objects and their meaning. Great conversations were had about archaeology, Aphrodite, symbols of the gods, sacred prostitution, and more. About 80 visitors stopped by the artifact table and hailed largely from Spain, Germany, USA, Korea, and Greece.

The end of the excavation was celebrated with a feast and party as is customary here at Corinth Excavations.  This year the party was dedicated to Guy Sanders. Staff and members showed Guy their love and appreciation for a wonderful collaboration over the last couple decades.

June

We are now looking forward to a very busy June museum volunteer session. Volunteers Tori Bedingfield, Ruben Post, Jeff Banks, Katherine Harrington, Ginny Miglierina, Alayna Gould, and Marcella Giobbi will all conduct museum projects; Corinth Excavations Architect James Herbst will work with volunteers Inti Bogari on a GIS data project and Colin Wallace on a photgrammetry project.

Click on an image below to start the slideshow:

Workman Marios Vathis and Regular Member Caitlin Clerkin excavating in April 2017. Photo: Rossana Valente.Assistant Foreman Panos Kakouros and supervisor Tori Bedingfield throwing shade. Photo: Rossana Valente.Two puppies, Binny and Goat, helped excavate sieved dirt, guarded precious tool boxes, and napped adorably... Photos: Rossana Valente.Promotional photos for the 2017 ICOM IMD programs in Ancient Corinth. Photos by Corinth Excavations Photographer Petros Dellatolas.The 2017 International Museum Day (IMD) poster translated into English.2017 ICOM IMD organizers and presenters from the Ephoreia, KEPAP, Opus Femina, and ASCSA's Corinth Excavations.Plaster pendant with impression of Aphrodite Hoplismeni from the tiny agate gemstone, MF-2013-13. Photo: Nicol Anastassatou.Steinmetz Family Foundation Museum Fellow Katie Petrole with the International Museum Day (IMD) artifact table. Photo: Rossana Valente.Katie Petrole and volunteer Dimitra Sidiropoulou interacting with visitors. Photo: Rossana Valente.Visitors laughing at their attempt to identify the figures and symbols on the tiny gemstone. Photo: Rossana Valente.Museum visitor taking an up close look at the artifacts brought out in honor of IMD. Photo: Rossana Valente.Katie Petrole helping a visitor translate an inscribed bronze bowl from the Potters' Quarter's Aphrodite Deposit. Photo: Rossana Valente.Museum visitor taking an up close look at the artifacts brought out in honor of IMD. Photo: Rossana Valente.Katie Petrole testing visitors' memories of ancient Greek letters on the inscribed bronze bowl. Photo: Rossana Valente.Katie Petrole and volunteer Dimitra Sidiropoulou interacting with visitors. Photo: Rossana Valente.The 2017 End of Excavations party.