Conversations and Cocktails Series Digs Into Archaeological Excavations

Aleydis_VandeMoortel_10-38304-1-731x1024Archaeologist, Aleydis Van de Moortel, Lindsay Young Associate Professor in Classics at UT, will present “Conversations with Ancients: Uncovering Life in the Bronze Age in Mitrou, Greece” on Tuesday, April 7, in the Conversations and Cocktails series.

The event will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orangery, 5412 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, and is open to the public.

Conversations and Cocktails is a partnership between the UT Humanities Center and the Orangery. The series gives the public a chance to learn about and discuss history while enjoying Orangery favorites. The discussions are free, but for those choosing to dine, reservations are required. To reserve a table, call the Orangery at 865-588-2964.

Van de Moortel will discuss highlights of the archaeological excavations at the prehistoric site of Mitrou, Greece, focusing on the collapse of the Early Bronze Age Corridor House civilization and the rise of a Late Bronze Age ruling elite. She will demonstrate how current archaeological approaches allow us to explore ancient people’s thinking and discuss the reasons for their actions.

Van de Moortel received her doctorate in classical and near eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests include Aegean prehistory, Minoan pottery, and cultural interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean. She co-directs the Mitrou Archaeological Project in Central Greece, which is the focus of her discussion.

The final Conversations and Cocktails event will be on May 5. Katherine Hodges-Kluck, a doctoral student in history, will talk about “Lionheart’s Crusade.”

CONTACT:

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)