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Akrotiri – A Minoan City Buried For Three And A Half Millennia

Monday, February 12, 2024 at 7:00PM MST

General Meeting - (Hybrid)

Speaker: Deb Bollig, Avocational Archaeologist

Abstract: Akrotiri (named after a nearby modern city) was a Bronze Age Minoan city located on what is now the Greek island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. It was buried beneath ash by a massive volcano on Thera in the second millennium BCE. The first archaeological excavations started in 1870. There is now a shelter structure protecting the excavated architecture. Work is ongoing, and tourists may visit the site.

This presentation will include a high-level description of the Minoan culture based on the latest findings, a summary of the archaeological excavations that have taken place, an overview of some of the artifacts and buildings uncovered, and pictures of the site taken last summer when Bollig was visiting there.

Bio: Deb Bollig is an avocational archaeologist who has embraced traveling to archaeological sites all over the world after she developed a passion for archaeology since her early retirement from the Information Technology field. She has taught classes on Stonehenge and Paleo-Americans for the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute here in Denver, in addition to classes on weather and computers. She is hoping to build a series of seminars based on her travels.

Upcoming Events:

March 12, 2024 – Our speaker will be Nicole M. Herzog, University of Denver Professor of Archaeology and head of the Anthropology Department’s Paleodiet Lab. Herzog’s interests lie in studying the link between diet, fire, and human evolution. More details will be forthcoming.

April 13, 2024 – A Saturday afternoon joint meeting between the Denver, Indian Peaks, and Northern Chapters will take place in Estes Park. Kelly Dick, Cultural Resource Program Manager for Rocky Mountain National Park will be speaking about archaeological sites following the East Troublesome fire in the Fall of 2020.

May 13, 2024 – Sarah Allaun, Assistant State Archaeologist will be presenting her rescheduled talk on the geological history of the Patten Creek Valley, Wyoming in the Hartville Uplift.


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