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Adriana Fracchia '14 and Professor John McEnroe on site in Gournia using the Topcon Total Station.
On Site: Fracchia ’14 Drafts Topographical Map of Gournia

Adriana Fracchia ’14 was awarded an Emerson Foundation Summer Research Grant to assist John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts John McEnroe in conducting one of only three officially sanctioned U.S. excavations in Greece. Fracchia is working to draft a topographical map of the ancient village of Gournia, on Crete, as a continuation of the work done by Caroline Morgan ’13 in 2011.  More ...

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McEnroe Lectures in Athens

John McEnroe, The John and Anne Fischer Professor of Fine Arts, delivered a paper on the final phase of the Minoan palace at Knossos (Crete) at an international colloquium in Athens on June 22. The colloquium was organized by the Canadian Institute in Greece and held at the Italian School of Archaeology in Athens.  More ...

Caroline Morgan '13 with an EDM machine, also known as the Total Station, that is used to record wall measurements.
Morgan ’13 Chronicles Minoan Architecture

Archaeological sites offer a firsthand glimpse into the past. Specifically, working intimately with ancient artifacts allows researchers to piece together historical periods that could otherwise be lost.  Emerson Grant recipient Caroline Morgan ’13 is spending the summer working on- and off-site in Crete with Professor John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts, to uncover a Minoan ruin’s chronological past. Their project is titled “Excavating Minoan Crete: Uncovering Gournia’s Architectural Past.”  More ...

The INSTAP center for East Crete, where finds from the field are analyzed.
Gately ’12 and Acquisto ’13 Uncover Minoan Past in Crete
In 1600 B.C., during the Minoan civilization on Crete, Gournia was bustling with the activity of a small city, with construction of the enormous central palace underway. Working with John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts, Maeve Gately ’12 and Kiernan Acquisto ’13 are excavating the site to learn more about its ancient past. More ...
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