Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

Events and Calendars

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

To see an archive of past events go here.

October 23, 2014
7:30 p.m.Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor: The Linothorax Project
Paulus Lecture Hall, Room 201

Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete

Frankenthal Professor of History & Humanistic Studies

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

For nearly 1000 years, one of the common forms of protection used by ancient MediterranLinothorax Projectean warriors, including the armies of the Greeks and Alexander the Great, was the linothorax, a type of body armor apparently made out of linen.  Due to the perishable nature of its components, however, no examples have survived.  Today it is poorly understood and is known only through fragmentary descriptions in literature and images on pottery and in sculpture.  Employing materials and techniques that would have been available to the ancient Greeks, the members of the UWGB Linothorax Project have investigated this mysterious armor by reconstructing and wearing full-scale examples, as well as subjecting test samples to attack with ancient weapons, in order to determine their characteristics and protective qualities.  This presentation will not only describe the project's findings, but will also display a reconstructed linothorax and test samples for the audience's examination.

Project website on lecture topic (for the lay reader).

April 9, 2015
2:30–3:30 p.m.How Chocolate Came to Be

Dr. Kathryn E. Sampeck

Assistant Professor

Illinois State University

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