Annual Zarbin Lecture

Petsas House, Mycenae: pottery, production, and the palatial economy of the 14thc. BCE

Kim Shelton, University of California at Berkeley, spoke in October 2019. Her lecture presented material from the recent excavations at Mycenae which provides insight into the production of pottery in a late bronze age workshop, the reconstructed demographics and decision-making process, and the role of Petsas House in the socio-economic life of the palatial center and beyond.

Kim Shelton excavates the prehistoric site of Mycenae and the classical sanctuary of Nemea, both in Greece. She is a specialist in ceramics, and works with material culture. She currently works on the earliest manifestations of Greek religious rituals through permanent architectural establishments and recognized paraphernalia - such as figurines. Her research themes are : pottery analysis, Classical archaeology, Aegean prehistory, religion and mythology in the Mediterranean.

Sponsored by the Classics Department