Our Greek Odyssey

Our Scientific Journey | Our Personal Journey | Our Creative Journey

At UNCA Ramsey Library Mel Blowers Gallery
December, 1999 through January 2000

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"I was so excited when we got to Delphi...it was so incredibly beautiful...
I must have taken a thousand pictures from our hotel window...now I can say I've been to heaven."

— Cheryl Lore
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Top row: Dr. Debra Van Engelen, Associate Professor, Chemistry; Ali Lingerfelt-Tait; John Schachter; Kathryn Kohn; Jason Weatherspoon; Jaimee Crockett; Aaron Beck-Schacter; Jyll Taylor

Middle row: Glen Locassio; Jennifer Hamilton; Chris Barlas; Frances Barlas; Cheryl Lore

Bottom row: Marcell Leaman; Julie Witt; Dr. Dorothy Dvorsky-Rohner, Assistant Professor, Classics; Tracy Raxter; Shanley Rassler; Mary Aldrich

Students who participated in the UNCA International Study Abroad program, Summer of '99
Greek Art and Archaeology Field Experience
present three aspects of their Greek experience
Scientific . . . Personal . . . Creative


Our Scientific Journey:

The study abroad program gave to the students an opportunity to experience archaeological field work under the direction of three Greek archaeologists; Dr. Aravantinos, Ephor of Antiquities of Boeotia, Dr. Sampson, project director of Manika, Euboea, and Dr. Hara Tzavella-Evjen, excavator of Lithares near Thebes in Boeotia.

Leading the UNCA sponsored scientific team were Dr. Kent Schneider, Manager Heritage Program, USDA, Dr. Erv Garrison, Professor, University of Georgia, and Mr. Glen Locascio, GIS expert.

We also had a great opportunity in working with Greek student archaeologists under the direction of Dr. Sampson at his Neolithic cave site. After the hot sun in the fields of Lithares and Manika, the refreshing cool of the cave was a delight. Students sifted and dug making the beach time even more delightful.

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Magnetometric measurement in Manika

Our UNCA students learned the tricks of the trade in using the Ground Penetrating Radar, the electromagnetometer measurement instrument, global positioning satellite and laser ranging instrument, and digital data processing with real time rendering.

These new technologies enable archaeologists to read beneath the ground surface pinpointing significant features without disturbing the soil. This is of particular value in Greece where sites are numerous and publishing of excavated materials has been slow.

The exhibit at the Mel Blowers gallery at UNCA details student findings for the sites they explored.

Our Personal Journey:

Recorded in a giant scrapbook are the memories of the museums, tavernas, archaeological sites, street scenes, life in Greece as we experienced it. Our study included visits to all the focal points of ancient Greece, Delphi, Athens with the Akropolis, the Parthenon, innumerable museums, an ancient Greek tragedy, "Antigone" in the fifth century BC theater of Epidauros. The comments in personal journals tell a multi faceted story. Each of us experienced Greece in a different way, yet we all came back fulfilled and excited with our memories.

Our Creative Journey:

As the majority of the students were Fine Arts majors, their creative juices, inspired by the Greek culture, brought forth new interpretations of the ancient ceramics and sculptures they viewed and studied in Greece.



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In the UNCA exhibit students present photographic essays of the ancient ruins as well as contemporary scenes.


Dr. Debra Van Engelen, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Dorothy Dvorsky-Rhoner, Assistant Professor of Classics

Comments to ghyde@unca.edu

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