Media advisory: Archaeologist will discuss the fall of Bronze Age civilization

By | September 21, 2018

Eric Cline

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 21, 2018— Archaeologist Eric Cline will discuss human and natural factors that led to the collapse of the Bronze Age at the annual George E. Mylonas Lecture at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Sunday, Oct. 7.

For more than 300 years during the Late Bronze Age, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex and cosmopolitan world. In the lecture, Cline will explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether its collapse might hold some warnings for today’s world.

The lecture—titled “1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed”—begins at 2 pm in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium. Tickets are available in-person at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.

Digging almost every summer since he was a sophomore in college, Cline now has more than 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. In addition to his work as a field archaeologist, Cline is a professor of classics and anthropology at the George Washington University and he is director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute.

The George E. Mylonas Lecture is co-sponsored by the Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the classics department and the art history and archaeology department at Washington University in St. Louis, the Classical Club of St. Louis and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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