iSamothrace

Our blog contains updates straight from the field, written by members of the team each summer.  The blog is sponsored by the Michael C. Carlos Museum and is designed for high school students and anyone else interested in updates from the site. You can see all the blog entries at https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/samothrace/

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    February 24-25: Emory University and Université de Bordeaux Montaigne Partner University Fund...

    Keynote Lecture: “Avenues of Innovation and Communication in 3rd Century BC Greek Architecture” Professor Jacques des Courtils, Université de...

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    Report on Summer 2016 Stoa Work

      Our goals for summer 2016 Our main goal for “Team Stoa” this summer was to relocate and identify, map, rock-type, and record as many of...

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    Samothrace – “The Crust of the Earth”

    Samothrace has a variety of rocks that were used by the ancient Greeks in their construction, including in the “Sanctuary of the Great...

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    Archiving the Sanctuary of the Great Gods

    As one of my research focuses this summer I have been working to organize and prepare the digital archive of the excavation and research history of...

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    Perilous Plaster Pieces (Poem)

    Sometime before, I had encountered you. I remember the years; it was just two. But now trouble you bring me, my great foe. Oh, here in Samothrace,...

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    Columns, Altar Courts, and Angel Babies: An architecture blog post on Samothrace

    By: Chase Jordan The 2015 summer season had many architectural projects to tackle! Within our office cottage lies the “architecture grotto,”...

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    Getting Stoned

      Figuring out rocks? Use hydrochloric acid. Fizz! Oh, a limestone… Acid testing is crucial for identifying various stone types in the field....

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    Surveying on Samothrace

    The 2015 Samothrace survey team has been very busy capturing data throughout the site to help spatially locate a number of buildings and geographical...

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    Mapping the Stones of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods

    The Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace is constructed from a wide variety of local stone types. Over the past three seasons we have researched...

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    Octopi, Goats, and Bugs, Oh, My!

    Even for those who have traveled to the island of Samothrace in past seasons, life on the island holds many surprises.  Dominated by the towering...

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    To the Rescue! Excavating for Site Management

    Excavation has a long and glorious history here on Samothrace.  Antiquarians have visited the sanctuary since 1444, when Cyriacus of Ancona visited...

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    The Byzantine Mysteries

      Commanding a majestic view of the central sanctuary, the Winged Victory of Samothrace (Nike) would not have been left exposed to the elements...

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    The Topography of Sacred Space

    Even a casual glance at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods will reveal that it is situated in a ravine so that the central sanctuary is flanked by one...

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    Shading the Shellac: Drawing for Conservation

    As conservators, we examine objects in all kinds of ways: we touch, we smell, we tap with bamboo skewers. But seldom do we actually draw the objects...

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    The “Archaeology” of Samothracian Archaeology

    A key element in this season’s project of studying the architectural frame in which the Nike of Samothrace stood is the reconstruction of previous...

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    Nike: Just (Trying To) Do It

      An imposing figure on her staircase in the Louvre, the Winged Victory (Nike) is one of the most famous statues to come to us from the...

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    When it Rains it Roars: Drawing a Lion’s Head Water Spout

    Although the main focus of this season is the famous Nike statue and the precinct of the Sanctuary where she once resided, we are also simultaneous...

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    A New Hope: Fragments of Marine Limestone and the Nike Precinct

    One of the biggest enigmas surrounding the famous Winged Victory of Samothrace is where she was located.  Her precinct – the original area where...

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    Parakseuis Name Day Festival

      According to Wikipedia, Yahoo, and numerous other (questionable) internet sources, July 26th in America is “All or Nothing Day,” a...

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    Wall Walk (Photo guide)

    Here are a few pictures of our walk along the ancient city wall.

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    Cleaning Nature

    Imagine that you are standing outside and someone hands you a broom and tells you to sweep. How do you know when you’re done? During our first week...

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    Kalimera (Good day) from Samothrace!

      Kalimera (Good day) from Samothrace! I’m Desi Peters, one of the four conservators on staff along with Kari Rayner and Samantha Owens, under...

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    The Excavation Team for 2012

      This is the middle of the second week of the excavation. Right now we are at the peak prevalence of people associated with the excavation...

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    TIPS FROM HALL E: When not to be a “Colossus” in the Field

      You all know that when someone is praised as a “colossus” in their field, it means that he or she towers over others in stature, ability,...

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    How to Become an Archaeologist

    When I was a child, one of my favorite vacation activities was visiting Roman ruins.  When touring an archaeological site, I wondered about the...

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    Conical Bowls = Ancient Plastic Bowl?

        As Arielle mentioned previously, we have been tasked to help with the Eastern Hill display for the renovation of the museum.  One...

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    Some Geological Features of Samothrace

      Since arriving on Samothrace, I’ve spent quite a bit of my free time wandering along the shore looking for special finds to add to my...

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    Anastelosis of the Hall of Choral Dancers

    Archaeologists don’t usually dig up standing buildings.  Instead, we unearth individual blocks and attempt to fit them together, first on...

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    How to Remain Fashionable on an Archaeological Dig

    Hello everyone! Today is the one-month anniversary of our arrival at the dig site, and judging from our battle scars of various bug bites, scrapes,...

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    Off the Wall

      During ancient times, visitors to the sanctuary would sail to the ancient harbor, then enter the ancient city before passing through the city...

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    News from Hall E

    Work on the Sanctuary of the Great Gods is always buzzing, even when excavations are not taking place. This season, the archaeologists at Samothrace...

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    Conservation Works and Days

    Greetings from Samothrace! We’re already a few weeks into the 2011 study season here at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. This year,...

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    My Neighbors

      Here on Samothrace, we live the some of the largest and strangest creatures out there. It is always and adventure to go out onto the site and...

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    Pictures of Samothrace

    This colorful wild life is found on our 2 minute walk  from the hotel to the beach. With the calm waters of the Aegean this is about as much waves...

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    From Fragment to 3D Model

    I am working on the 3D model of the ruins here at Samothrace and I thought I’d write about how we get from the fragments to the completed 3D...

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    News From Hall E

      One of the projects going on in Hall E now is the recreation of the ancient Sanctuary in the form of a 3D digital model with...

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    Eagle Reconstruction

    As the new kid on the site, I was given a pretty exciting  job on my first day of work. My task was to revise the previous reconstruction of a stone...

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    Back to Samothrace

      Another Season has come around and the team is back on Samothrace! This year we have a few new additions. We are joined by Becky, a fine arts...

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    On site Work

    Over the last week we have spent much of our time on the site working with the surveyors, who are making a topographic map of the site, and the...

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    Kali mera!

    Good morning! I am Vicki, the statistician who is working on the team. In particular I am developing and applying statistical methodology to estimate...

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    Therma Waterfalls

      Usually we know where we are going but this time was a little different. Hugh, Sarah, Jake, and I got dropped off at a town close to the...

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    Ancient Harbor

    Yesterday after work, Abi, Hugh and I went down to the Ancient Harbor, which is not too far from our hostel. We walked down the road halfway and then...