UNCA to Host Lecture on Cyprus and the Beginning of the
Late Bronze Age
Archeologist Ellen Hershel will present a lecture on "Cyprus
Discovers the World: The Beginning of the Late Bronze Age at Maroni"
at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at UNC Asheville's Owen Conference Center.
A period of discussion will follow the lecture, which is free and open to
The Early and Middle Bronze Age periods in Cyprus have remained an
unknown quantity until recently. Most Aegean sites of these periods have
shown a lingering of old traditions yet Cyprus is shown to have been on
the edge of technological improvement. Imports and exports became
plentiful, a Cypriotic writing system developed and the sanctuary of
Aphrodite was established. Maroni displays evidence of tombs, architecture
and an underwater deposit proving Maroni was founded to establish a new
way of life on the island of Cyprus. It encompassed complex social
organization and extensive trading contracts.
The talk is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Archeology and
UNCA's Classics Department.
For more information, call Dorothy Dvorsky Rohner, UNCA assistant
classics professor, at 828/251-6295.
- Dr. Dorothy Dvorsky Rohner, UNCA Assistant Classics Professor,
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526