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Abstract | Archaeology Through Archives: The Early History of the Archaeological Research in Boeotia Through Original Historical Archives

The paper examines the fascinating early history of the archaeological research in Boeotia during the 19th century. Based on original, yet unexploited, archival material, this study uses the extant archival sources as a unique source of information for the first steps of Archaeology in Modern Greece, the prosopography, lives, stories and ideologies of its pioneers, their struggle against illegal trafficking of antiquities and the attitudes that shaped the character of the first Greek museums and private collections. Special emphasis is given to the reconstruction of the old history of the Archaeological Museum of Thebes as well as to the history of the formation of the first archaeological collections in some of Boeotia’s major historical cities, Thebes, Chaeronea, Thespiae, and Schimatari, which still constitute the core of the exhibits presented now in the archaeological museums in the region.

About Ioannis Fappas

Ioannis Fappas studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he also received his Master and Doctoral Degrees as a holder of an official state scholarship given by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. He specializes in Aegean Prehistory and his main areas of interest are Mycenaean use of aromatic oils, residue analyses in aromatic oil vessels, Linear B script, Mycenaean religion, trade and contacts between Mycenaean Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean and history of archaeological research in Greece. During his doctoral studies he attended seminars on Mycenaean Linear B script at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, where he also conducted a research on the relevant epigraphic material of the Eastern Mediterranean. He also succeeded in receiving various awards and grants from the British School at Athens (Centenary Bursary Award), the Academy of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London (Michael Ventris Memorial Award). He worked on the preparation of the new exhibitions of the Archaeological Museums of Chaeronea and Thebes as well as for that of the Ethnographic Museum of Arachova in Boeotia. He has given lectures at international conferences and is engaged in several excavations and international research projects within Boeotia. Recently he has published a book on the Mycenaean and the Near Eastern aromatic oils (Well-scented, perfume oil: Perfumed oils and practices of use in Mycenaean Greece and the ancient Near East (14th-13th cent, BC), Chania 2010). He has also published extensively on various topics of his field.

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