[PAST EVENT] Oakley Lecture presents Professors Jack Davis & Sharon Stocker

April 18, 2023
5pm - 6:30pm
Boswell Hall (formerly Morton Hall), Room 220
100 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Open to the public

The Oakley Lecture presents a lecture by Professors Jack Davis & Sharon Stocker from the University of Cincinnati, OH.  They will be speaking on “Princes of Pylos: The Mortuary Landscape of a Bronze Age Greek State”.    They made several groundbreaking archaeological discoveries in Pylos that are shaping our understanding of ancient Greece.  “Their world-renowned discoveries in Pylos confirm the significance that committing to humanistic goals has for the development of our educational enterprise: It innovates, it impacts well-beyond our region and it bridges cultural oceans to bring people together across time and spatial differences.”   In 2015, the UC researchers discovered the tomb of an ancient Greek leader. They called him the “Griffin Warrior” for the mythological Griffin — part eagle, part lion — adorning his ivory plaque. The tomb contained weapons and other artifacts, including a sealstone depicting mortal combat that featured such exquisite detail and beauty that Archaeology hailed it as a Bronze Age masterpiece. The tomb was not far from the ancient Greek Palace of Nestor, a ruler mentioned in Homer’s famous works “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.” The palace was discovered in 1939 by the late UC Classics professor Carl Blegen. Blegen had wanted to excavate in the 1950s in the field where Davis and Stocker found the new tombs but could not get permission from the property owner to expand his investigation. The tombs would have to wait 63 years for another UC team to make the startling discovery hidden beneath its grape arbors.   All are invited to attend.