“Replica Knowledge, an Archaeology of the Multiple Past”

Friday, 15 September 2017, 19.00, at the Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin


Addresses by:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schaffner
Director, Hermann von HelmholtzZentrum fur Kulturtechnik
Sprecher, Exzellenzcluster Bild Wissen Gestaltung

Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw & Felix Sattler
Curators of the Exhibition

Jerolyn Morrison, archaeologist and potter, Greece, will create a Minoan-inspired meal using replicas of Minoan vessels.

Exhibition description:

Why do Snake Goddesses reside in Berlin, Cambridge, Heidelberg and Paris? How did the throne of King Minos appear in the International Criminal Court in The Hague? And when was Nestor’s cup last seen on the big screen? Replica Knowledge presents copies of archaeological objects from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations of the Greek Bronze Age. The research and exhibition project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and follows the biographies of several replicas. These biographies lead to the collections of museums and universities, justice palaces, luxury steamers, action films and contemporary art. The manifold interpretations and uses of
these replicas show that history is not fixed but continually being constructed.

The exhibition conveys these stories of truth and myth and their motivations in artistic and museum formats of presentation. In thematic rooms and a cinema, new replica knowledge is displayed about the best known objects from Minoan and Mycenaean archaeology. For example, the history of the “Throne of Minos” replica installed in the International Court of Justice in 1913 stands between ancient myths and political agendas. Illustrator Jan Stawe has designed this as a large format installation especially for the exhibition. Furthermore, in the Maker Space, the production of replicas in different processes and materials is accessible — from plaster cast to 3D printing.

Visitors are therefore invited to go on a journey in which history and archaeology have many interpretations.

At the end of the exhibition there will be an extensive publication by K. Verlag, edited by Anna
Simandiraki-Grimshaw, Felix Sattler and Konrad Angermuller.

Opening: September 15, 2017, 7 p.m.
Press conference: September 15, 11 a.m.
Duration: September 16, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Opening times: Tue – Sat, 2 to 6 p.m.
Free Admission

Tieranatomisches Theater der Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Campus Nord, Philippstr. 12/13, Haus 3, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Phone: 0049-030 / 2093 466 25
E-mail: tat.hzk@hu-berlin.de

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The foreigners at Cretan entry ports

An update to issues represented in our  24 February 2011 article “The Chinese are Coming”

 01 November 2016   by James C. Stratis

Kommos Southern Area- Greek Temple Complex – west horizon by author

Kommos Southern Area- Greek Temple Complex – west horizon by author

It was five years ago that we posted the blog “The Chinese are
Coming”1, a title which mimics the British invasion warning
by Paul Revere at the outset of the American revolution.
The blog was an aggregation of several stories that could impact
the Kommos archaeological site and the potential for public park access.

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Trade at Minoan Kommos

“A World of Goods” by Peter M. Day, Jeremy B Rutter, Patrick S. Quinn, and Vassilis Kilikoglou 

20 July 2016         Introduction by R. C. Bigelow 

In their 2011 Downloadable paper, A WORLD OF GOODS; Transport Jars and Commodity Exchange at the Late Bronze Age Harbor of Kommos, Crete by Peter M. Day, et. al. analyzed 88 samples from four types of ceramic containers found at Kommos.

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Kommos and Myths

Poetry and Art with further musings on the ancient stories in the context of the Cretan Bronze Age 

09 December 2015            Introduction by R. C. Bigelow

Kate Tempest’s poem, Icarus, is a dynamic, interesting, and insightful re-telling of and comment on the myths of Daedalus and Icarus. Now other poetry and visual art related to these myths are being posted on this website, including works by Loes Huis in ‘t Veld, Renate Stollenwerk and Wendy Everett.  Clearly the poignancy of the doomed Icarus still has the power to inspire art. But how might these myths relate to Kommos? Read more ›

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Greek Myths & the Art of Words

Kate Tempest: A 21st Century London Poet – Musing and Rapping on Greek myths

04 April 2015     by James C. Stratis

We can be inspired by words, the art of words as in the inspirational art of poetry. Previously1 we connected to the ancient place of Kommos when we posted an article, a blog, on the poetry of place, through a poem by Constantine Cavafy. Read more ›

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James Wright: on Kommos, 2014 Open Discussion

Kommos Archaeological Site Master Planning Coordination

14 March 2014       by ASCSA Director James Wright

At the 2014 annual OPEN MEETING of the American School of Classical Studies of Athens, Dr. James Wright discussed the progress made in 2014 in developing a Master Plan for Kommos, Crete. The following video fragment is excerpted with the kind permission of Dr. Wright from a full video of his address at the conference.

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Publication Logistics in the Kommos site publications


 Multidisciplinary Field Projects

January 4, 2014     by Joseph W. Shaw

  1. Introduction.

    Excavations at Kommos in Crete were carried out in two phases, from 1976 through 1985 and from 1991 through 1996. The publication of the site consists of a series of nine preliminary reports in Hesperia, and five volumes (I-V) focusing on the site overall (Minoan and Greek), complemented by a volume on a Minoan pottery kiln, and two volumes on Minoan Mansion X (the first [2011] on architecture and finds, the second [forthcoming] on the pottery). [Those can be seen in the appendix]. Read more ›

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The Middle Minoan Ship Slipway at the Kommos Harbor

A revised analysis and conclusion of a site feature’s function 

03 October 2014    by Joseph W. Shaw

In the past a boat or ship’s hull after construction, repair or dry dock storage was at times coated with grease allowing it to slip into the sea. A boat ramp on the shore is known as a slipway. The co-excavator of Kommos, Professor Joseph W. Shaw, President of Kommos Conservancy, will be giving a paper on the Kommos slipway at a Conference on Minoan Architecture in general, in Toronto Canada in early January 2015. Here below is a brief abstract of the paper. – James C. Stratis 4 October 2014

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Ποίηση και Τόπος Ιθάκη / Ithaka

Εμπνευσμένο από τον τόπο, η ποίηση μπορεί να ενισχύσει την εμπειρία του επισκέπτη

29 Σεπτέμβριος 2014   Από τον James C. Stratis

Τι ήχοι, τι μουσική, τι πεζογραφία και ό, τι ενέπνευσε τη ποίηση συμπληρώνει την έμπνευση που προέρχεται από ένα μέρος. Ένα αρχαίο προ-ιστορικό τόπο, όπως ο Κομμός της Κρήτης.
Ο William Logan το 15 ​​Ιουνίου, 2014 στο New York Times κατέληξε στο συμπέρασμα “Η γλώσσα του επικερδώς απασχολούμενου έχει τη θέση του. Η ποίηση ποτέ δεν θα έχει το κοινό του “Game of Thrones” – που είναι ό, τι η τηλεόραση μπορεί να κάνει. Η ποίηση είναι κάτι που η γλώσσα μόνο μπορεί να κάνει. “1
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Poetry and Place — Ιθάκη / Ithaka

Inspired by place, poetry can enhance the visitor experience.

29 September 2014   by James C. Stratis

What sounds, what music, what prose and what inspired poetry can supplement
the inspiration derived from a place especially an ancient pre-historic place such as Kommos Crete? One outstanding example is the poem “Ithaka” written by Constantine P. Cavafy in 1911.

William Logan in his 15 June 2014 New York Times opinion concluded “Language gainfully employed has its place. Poetry will never have the audience of “Game of Thrones” — that is what television can do. Poetry is what language alone can do.“ 1 Read more ›

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