The British Museum Classical Colloquium
Archaeology behind the battle lines: Macedonia 1915–1919

Saturday 2 November 2013,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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Ticket Desk in Great Court

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This symposium builds on the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki’s exhibition Archaeology behind the battle lines: Thessaloniki in the turbulent years (1912–1922).

The exhibition charts the archaeological activity in the decade after Thessaloniki became part of Greece, a period marked by an extraordinary internationalism as a result of the population movements caused by the shifting of national borders and the troop movements which accompanied the First World War.

A group of international speakers will consider the place of archaeology and archaeologists in these political and military developments, the discoveries of the Army of the Orient, and their impact on the archaeological study of the region. The resulting collections of antiquities are now held in Thessaloniki, London, Paris, Edinburgh and Oxford, and their associated publications remain influential. Scholars such as Ernest Gardner, Eustratios Pelekides and Leon Rey helped to lay the foundations for the work of subsequent generations of scholars.

With the centenary of the Salonika Campaign approaching, it is time to revisit the sites and objects uncovered during this turbulent period and look back at a century of research.

Refreshments will be served during registration in the foyer from 09.00.

Co-organised by the British Museum's Department of Greece and Rome and the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, in association with the British School at Athens.

Supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and the Institute of Classical Studies, London.


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