The Antiquities Ephorate of Larissa, in collaboration with the Friends of the Diachronic Museum Association and the Prehistoric Archaeology Institute of the Freie University of Berlin organize an interesting lecture on Tuesday, 9 May, 7:00p.m. at the Diachronic Museum of Larissa. Harald Hauptmann, Professor Emeritus of the Heidelberg University will analyze the subject “Prehistoric Thessaly, under the vision of the international research: Greek-German cooperation during the 20th century”.
Professor Hauptmann took part in the excavations of the German mission between 1950 and 1960, when many important prehistoric settlements in Giannouli and Dendra (Argissa magoula, Otzaki, Agia Sofia and Arapi) were studied and examined. These projects were essential milestones for the study of the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age, not only for Thessaly but for Greece in general, together with the studies of the pioneer Greek archaeologists Tsounta and Theochari for Sesklo and Dimini. Many of the finds of these excavations are now hosted in the permanent exhibition of the Diachronic Museum of Larissa.
Mr Hauptmann unfolds the story of the Greek-German collaboration for prehistoric Thessaly, which demonstrated the important role of this region in Neolithic period throughout Southeastern Europe.
The Antiquities Ephorate of Larissa, supported by professor Hauptmann and Dr. Agathe Reingruber of Freie University of Berlin, runs a program for acquiring copies of the excavation files, which are currently stored in the Heidelberg University.
Professor Hauptmann runs a research program of the Heidelberg Scientific Academy for the study of depictions and inscriptions along the Karakoram highway, which connects India and Pakistan. He also were Head of the German Archaeological Institute in Constantinople.
The lecture is free for the public. Information telephone: 2413 508 242, every day from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.