City of Gold’ uncovered at lecture

Dig for gold with Princeton Professor Joanna Smith on Sept. 19 at the Bruce Museum as she presents the lecture “City of Gold: Exhibiting Archaeology” at 8 p.m.

The modern town of Polis Chrysochous — City of Gold — lies above the city of Arsinoe and the earlier city-kingdom of Marion on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. For the last 20 years the Princeton Cyprus Expedition has focused on the remains of sanctuaries, public buildings and private residences spanning the Geometric through Classical periods of Marion, and Hellenistic through Roman, Late Antique and medieval periods of Arsinoe. Ms. Smith will demonstrate how archaeological contexts were used to relate the histories of these ancient cities in an exhibition.

Ms. Smith specializes in the art and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Her archaeological field work centers on the island of Cyprus. She has been coordinating the publication of the excavations on Polis Chrysochous and helped to organize the recent exhibition. She received her A.B. from Princeton and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr college. She has received many grants, including one from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sponsored by the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (the AAG), the lecture is free to AAG, Bruce Museum members and students with ID. The non-member admission fee is $15.

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