The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Archaeologist Christofilis Maggidis
Since archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann began investigating the site of Mycenae in Greece in 1874, excavations have focused on the citadel itself while work in the surrounding area has been limited to cemeteries and a few buildings. Recent systematic geophysical surveys combining ground-based remote-sensing methods and digital technology have traced and mapped visible and buried structures in the vicinity and pointed to the existence of another urban center outside the city walls. Christofilis Maggidis, field director of the excavations at Mycenae, shares his research about the discovery of the "Lower Town," the numerous domestic and commercial buildings, and the thousands of artifacts—including weapons, jewelry, vases, and metal and stone tools—recovered from this preeminent Greek Bronze Age site.

About Chrsitofilis Maggidis
Born in Greece, Christofilis Maggidis received his education in the Classical Lyceum of the Anavryta Model School and at the University of Athens, and he received his Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He has held numerous fellowships, including a postdoctoral grant at Brown University. In 1999 he was elected to membership in the Athens Archaeological Society, and in 2001 he was appointed to his current position: Christopher Roberts Professor of Archaeology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His main research and teaching interests focus on Aegean prehistory, especially Minoan and Mycenaean pottery, architecture, religion, and socioeconomic structure; classical sculpture and architecture; and archaeological methodology and interpretation. Maggidis is an active field archaeologist with many years experience at major archaeological sites in Greece including Thera, the Idaean Cave and Archanes in Crete, and Mycenae, where he is currently field director and assistant to the director of the excavations.

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.