‘Mycenae rich in gold’

Published 24 August 2010

goldpendantAn international authority on Bronze Age Greece will – in a public lecture at the University of New England this week – transport his audience to “Mycenae rich in gold”.

Professor Robert Laffineur, head of the Department of Art History and Archaeology of Ancient Greece at the University of Liège in Belgium, is a specialist in both the Mycenaean culture of Bronze Age Greece and prehistoric metalworking.

Professor Laffineur has undertaken extensive fieldwork on the Greek mainland, Crete and Cyprus, and, since 2005, has been director of the Belgian excavations of the Mycenaean sector of the Velatouri hill at the site of Thorikos in southern Attica.

He is in Australia as the 2010 Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Visiting Professor. His lecture at UNE, to be titled “Polychrysos Mykene – Mycenae rich in gold: Greek goldwork and jewellery in the Late Bronze Age Aegean”, will be one of a series of public lectures he is giving at universities around Australia on the technical, economic, socio-political, funerary and aesthetic aspects of Aegean precious metal finds.

Professor Laffineur’s lecture at UNE, which is included in the University’s popular “Aspects of Antiquity” series, will be in the Junior Common Room, Earle Page College, at 5.30 pm on Thursday 26 August.

At 9.15 am the next day, Friday 27 August, Professor Laffineur will present a research paper in the weekly seminar series of UNE’s School of Humanities. The seminar, titled “Mycenaean iconography as symbolic expression and status indicator”, will be in Lecture Theatre A3 in the Arts Building.

Both the lecture and the seminar are free and open to everyone – members of the general community, school students and their teachers, and UNE students and staff.

For more information contact Professor Greg Horsley on 6773 2555.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here is of a Mycenaean gold pendant (2 cm high), in the form of a pomegranate, from Enkomi on Cyprus. Now in the British Museum, it dates from the 12th century BC.