Archaeology and ancient Greece at April’s U Think

On April 11 at 6:30 p.m., Willamette University’s U Think series features geoarchaeologist Scott Pike, who will present “What Archaeological Science Tells Us about the Building of the Parthenon.” 

This talk shares new information about the organization and construction of one the world’s most iconic and studied buildings – the Parthenon that sits atop the Athenian acropolis. Built from 447-432 BCE, the Parthenon is considered the penultimate example of Doric architecture, Athenian self-determination and democratic ideals. Yet, despite its importance, there is still much to be learned about how the Parthenon was built.

Analyses of isotopes provide information about the origin of the Parthenon’s building materials. Tracing this ancient Greek supply chain sheds light upon the society’s complex social and economic systems.

Willamette U Think features professors in an informal environment. The free presentations are geared for the public, and no background knowledge is needed. A question and answer session will follow the talk.

At 189 Liberty St. NE, between Court and State Streets in downtown Salem, Brown's Towne Lounge is open to adults over 21. Tables fill quickly, so arrive early to enjoy food and drink specials before the discussion.