September 15 AIA Lecture “New Fieldwork from Classical Olynthos"
Program begins at 2:00 PM in Joslyn's Abbott Lecture Hall

The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Creighton University and Joslyn Art Museum, continues its exceptional programming with another free public lecture.

“New Fieldwork from Classical Olynthos (Greece): towards an archaeology of identity” presented by Dr. Lisa Nevett, Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Among ancient historians the city of Olynthos is best-known as a regional power from northern Greece, which alternately fell under the sway of Athens and of the kingdom of Macedon, before finally being sacked and razed to the ground by the Macedonian king, Philip II, in 348 BCE. To archaeologists, Olynthos represents the single most extensive and detailed source of information about Greek houses, as a result of the excavations there by David Robinson (1928-1938). Since 2014 the site has been the subject of renewed investigation by the Olynthos Project, which has been undertaking field survey, geophysical survey and excavation in and around the city. In this lecture Nevett will explore the potential of the evidence from Olynthos for understanding the creation and expression of identity by the city’s inhabitants. She will address various ways in which they actively manipulated their material culture at the level of the household, the neighborhood and the city as a whole in order to navigate their complex political and cultural positions.

is a classical archaeologist whose particular interest is in using the material culture of the Greek and Roman worlds as a source for social history. To date, her research has focused on domestic architecture, and she has used the construction, decoration and articulation of space within houses to shed light on broader social questions. These include the development of the Greek city, relationships between men and women within Greek and Roman households, and patterns of interaction between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples at the fringes of the Greek and Roman worlds. Most recently she has become interested in how the civic and religious spaces of classical Greek cities can be used to explore social relationships and issues of identity. She is co-director of the Olynthos Project, a multi-disciplinary archaeological field project focused on the Classical city of Olynthos in northern Greece, and she has been involved in other survey and excavation projects in Greece, Turkey, Libya and Britain.

Founded in 1879, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) was chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, in recognition of its role in the development and passage of the Antiquities Act, which Theodore Roosevelt signed into law that year. Today, the AIA remains committed to preserving the world's archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future. The Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, chartered in 1995, provides the residents of Nebraska and western Iowa opportunities to attend lectures by prominent international, national, and local archaeologists.