Please join us for the next Sam Nakis Memorial Lecture
Saving Greece’s Cultural Heritage. The Restoration and Protection of Byzantine Churches and ancient Monuments in the Peloponnese
by Dr. Evangelia Militsi-Kechagia, Greek Ministry of Culture
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. lecture
Millennium Student Center, Century Room A
In this lecture,Dr. Evangelia Militsi-Kechagia,Director of Antiquities of Messenia, highlights the struggle to protect Greece’s cultural heritage in a period of crisis. Because Messenia is one of the most sensitive and culturally rich areas of Greece, the work of the Greek Ministry of Culture in this region includes a wide range of monuments, from prehistoric palaces to Byzantine and post-Byzantine castles, churches, and monasteries. Thanks to the truly heroic efforts by archaeologists, conservators, architects, civil engineers, and craftsmen, a large program of restoration has been conducted between 2011 and 2017. Dr. Militsi-Kechagia will talk about this work from the perspective of someone who is on the front line of the struggle to protect so many monuments with limited resources. This work has not only saved these monuments for future generations, but also produced new evidence that has transformed the cultural map of the region and allowed us to understand better the local and regional history of Greece.
Dr. Evangelia Militsi-Kechagia was born in Kalamata. She studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens, where she received her B.A. and Ph.D., with a specialization in Byzantine Archaeology, especially Early Christian Sculpture. She has served in the Archaeological Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture as Curator of the Dodecanese and Thessaly and, since 2011 Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of
Messenia. In her capacity as Director of this Ephorate she carried out an extensive program of restoration and rehabilitation of numerous ancient monuments. Her main research interests concern early and middle Byzantine sculpture and early Christian architecture, settlements, small finds and topography, especially in the Dodecanese and the Peloponnese, on which she has published 15 scholarly articles. She is a member of the Christian Archaeological Society, the Central Archaeological Council of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, and the Local Archaeological Council of the Peloponnese.