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April  06, 2011

Classicist and archaeologist examines development of Mediterranean society

Dr. Margaret Mook, a classicist and archaeologist from Iowa State University (ISU), will talk about her work in eastern Crete during a lecture on Wednesday, April 13, at 7: 30 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science Room 304 (726 35th St.). The lecture, titled "The Archaeology of Archaic Cretan Houses," is free and open to the public.   

            The lecture will focus on Mook's work in the Archaic houses in Azoria, which is located in the eastern portion of the island of Crete. The Azoria project is a study of the urbanization in the Mediterranean during the first millennium B.C. She will discuss how the houses in Azoria contribute to our understanding of the form and function of the house in that time period and its influence on the domestic space in an urban setting.

            Mook earned her bachelor's degree in Greek from the College of Wooster and her master's degree and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Minnesota. She is now an associate professor and chair of the classical studies program at ISU. Since 1984, she has done archaeological fieldwork in Crete, including the excavation of the Northwest Building complex on the Kastro at Kavousi, which is in eastern Crete. Her research interests focus on the Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece.

            Mook's lecture is sponsored by Augustana's classics department with support from the H.S.B. Johnson Fund of Classics and the Archaeological Institute of America. 

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833