We are delighted that our next Mycenaean Seminar on Wednesday 17 January 2024 at 3.30 pm (UK time) will be delivered in person & online by Professor Amy Bogaard (Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford):

New insights into the ‘lakeshore’ Neolithic of south-east Europe from the EXPLO project

As part of this event, we will also be celebrating the 70th anniversary from the start of the Mycenaean Seminars back in 1954. The Seminar will be followed by a reception. All are welcome to attend online or in person, but booking is required: https://www.sas.ac.uk/events/new-insights-lakeshore-neolithic-south-east-europe-explo-project.

EXPLO is a European Research Council-funded Synergy project based at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Bern and the University of Oxford. The project brings together complementary investigations into material culture, dendrochronology, palaeoecology and on-site bioarchaeology (archaeobotany and -zoology) to reconstruct occupation histories and practices of the ‘lakeshore’ Neolithic in the southwest Balkans. Our focus has been three settlements in particular: Dispilio on the southern shore of Lake Orestias, Ploča Mičov Grad on the North Macedonian shore of Lake Ohrid and Lin 3 on the Albanian shore of Ohrid. Organic preservation under anaerobic waterlogged conditions enables a level of chronological resolution and integration that is unprecedented for Neolithic studies in the region, and analogous to that of the well-known lakeshore settlements of the circum-Alpine zone. As in the central European case, the lakeshore settlements of the southwest Balkans raise questions of comparability with the ‘dryland’ Neolithic. This seminar will explore these questions using recent results from the project’s ongoing research.

Amy Bogaard

Professor Katherine Harloe says:

'The ICS delighted to be hosting this event, which underlines the long and fascinating trajectories the archaeology of the pre-classical Aegean has followed from the 1950s to the present day. We are also proud to support the Mycenaean Seminar, which continues to be a premier international forum for research after 70 years. Long may it continue!'