February Lecture

Wednesday 7 February

Archaeological Adventures in Albania

This lecture explores the archaeology and history of Albania, a country in the heart of Europe but locked away for fifty years under its communist dictator, Enver Hoxha. Its rugged, green and mysterious landscape has been home to waves of civilisations (Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Ottoman Turks) over thousands of years and in this talk we will follow a team of archaeologists working at the site of Butrint to unlock the secrets buried in its soil.

The more recent history of the country will also be revealed, from the Ottoman fortress town of Gjirokaster, high in the mountains, its great stone houses decorated with frescoes and fabulous carved woodwork, to the legacy left by the communist regime.

Louise Schofield worked in this extraordinary country from 2000-2006 – principally at Butrint and Gjirokaster. Her restoration and conservation project for Gjirokaster achieved UNESCO World Heritage Site listing for the town in July 2005.

Although Louise’s main archaeological excavations today are in Ethiopia, every August she returns to Albania to join her former students in their current excavations

Lectures at 2pm and 8pm at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne

Everybody Welcome!