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Recent Excavations Shed Light on Trojan War

The Archaeological Institute of America’s annual Joukowsky Lectureship will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Abbott Lecture Hall of the Joslyn Art Museum, 2201 Dodge St. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Assessing the Historicity of the Trojan War: Excavations at Troy 1988-2010,” will be presented by C. Brian Rose, Ph.D., James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. He will discuss the results of the Bronze Age, Greek, and Roman level excavations during the last 24 years, including the impact that recent discoveries have made on the relationship between the site and the Troy of Homer’s Iliad.

Rose is the past president of the Archaeological Institute of America. A specialist in Roman art and archaeology and the archaeology of Anatolia, he is head of the post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy, and has also conducted field work at Aphrodisias and Gordion in Turkey.

The archaeology of Troy, in what is now Turkey, has captured the human imagination for nearly a century and a half. In l988 archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Tübingen, Germany, began new excavations with the intent of examining all phases of habitation from the Bronze Age through the Byzantine period.

The annual lecture is named for Martha Sharp Joukowsky, past president of the Archaeological Institute of America and professor of Old World Archaeology at Brown University.

This lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Creighton University. For more information about the lecture contact AIA Lincoln/Omaha Society chapter president and Erin Walcek Averett, assistant professor in Creighton's Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at 402.280.2261 or email
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