The Annual Sam Nakis Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture:
The Neolithic Roots of the Greek Past
Lecture by Dr. William Parkinson, Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois – Chicago and Northwestern University 

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Reception – 7:00 p.m.; Lecture – 7:30 p.m.
MSC Century Room A 
University of Missouri – Saint Louis

This lecture will discuss Dr. Parkinson’s research on The Diros Project, a multi-disciplinary project that has been investigating the archaeology of Diros Bay in the Mani Peninsula of southern Greece. The project study area centers around the site of Alepotrypa Cave, an important Neolithic ritual center that was occupied throughout the Neolithic period. Dr. Parkinson and his collaborators have been working to place Alepotrypa Cave into a broader social context by conducting survey in Diros Bay and by excavating an open-air site associated with the cave.


Dr. William Parkinson is Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. He co-directs the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in Hungary and The Diros Project in Greece. His research explores how small farming villages evolved into complex states in southeastern Europe during the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.

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