The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Ancient perfume workshop at Pyrgos-Mavroraki in Cyprus
 
The island of Cyprus has a long association with perfume, and archaeologists have recently found remarkable evidence there for the production of ancient fragrances. The discovery of a perfume factory at Pyrgos, which was buried by an earthquake 4,000 years ago, brings to light important information about the tools and techniques that were used. Traces of local plants that survive on the stone and clay vessels are making it possible for archaeologists to experiment with reproducing the ancient aromas. Maria Rosaria Belgiorno, director of the Italian Archaeological Mission at Pyrgos, presents recent discoveries from the site and explores the origin of perfume, the methods used to produce it, its importance as an ancient status symbol, and its inherent connection with Aphrodite.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love on view March 28 through July 9, 2012.

About Maria Rosaria Belgiorno
Maria Rosaria Belgiorno earned her degree in classical archaeology from the University of Rome "La Sapienza." She is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage (part of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) and has extensive experience in the field, including excavations in Iran, Syria, and Crete. Since 1998, Belgiorno has served as director of the Italian Archaeological Mission at Pyrgos-Mavroraki in Cyprus. The discoveries of perfume, metal, and textile workshops at the site have provided new insights about Bronze Age technology and have been featured in numerous magazines, scientific journals, television documentaries, and exhibitions. Her research interests include experimental archaeology, archaeometry, and bioarchaeology.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.