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Junior Chronoi Talk: “The Time Factor in the Construction Process of Doric Temples in the Early Phase of Monumentalisation – Case Study Agrigento, Sicily” (Hybrid)

Florian Birkner

December 14, 2023

3 - 4 pm (CET)

Florian Birkner

Over a period of around 180 years from the early 6th century BCE, at least 41 temples with a ground plan of more than 10 metres in length were erected in the western Greek settlements in Southern Italy and Sicily. These buildings, constructed almost entirely in local stone, can be described as "monumental" in terms of both their material and their dimensions. As the construction sites of numerous temples as well as kilometres of city walls and other public buildings were supplied with quarried building material at the same time, a complex production chain for lithic resources emerged and became established in the western Greek settlements from the early 6th century BCE onwards. However, it remains uncertain what times of construction were associated with the erection of individual temples.

Based on new geoarchaeological studies and the use of pre-industrial building manuals, a comprehensive quantification of the time factor in the construction process of such a monumental building can now be carried out for ancient Akragas, today's Agrigento in southern Sicily - namely from the quarry and transport to construction. The first results of the case study will be presented during the lecture.

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You are welcome to enter the online conference room up to 15 minutes in advance of the start time.

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