AIA Lecture - The Harbour Landscape of Ephesos

Lecture | April 18 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time

 Sabine Ladstätter, Director of the Ephesus Excavations

 Archaeological Institute of America, the San Francisco Society

The geographical location of Ephesos is favorable, but throughout history the continuous shifting of the shoreline from the east to the west created some difficulties and resulted in the movement of the settlements. Since the beginning of research in Ephesos, in the late 19th century, the importance of a connection to the sea and the existence of functioning harbors for the settlement activity in the region were undisputed. It is therefore even more surprising that, in
spite of the cultural-historical importance attributed to the harbors of Ephesos, a scientific examination of them has not taken place. An actual archaeological engagement with the complex Ephesian harbor landscape, as well as an integration of geo-archaeological investigations, was first implemented with the most recent research plan for Ephesos. Great emphasis is placed on questions related to human-environment relationship and to the vegetation history of the region.

 Alameda, CA 94501, sheltonk@berkeley.edu