Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


9 December 2018

Kea pays tribute to American archaeologist Miriam Caskey

A. Kalogairaki, ekathimerini, 07.12.2018

Kea pays tribute to American archaeologist Miriam Caskey

The northern Cycladic island of Kea (Tzia) recently paid tribute to American archaeologist Miriam Caskey for her contribution to the excavation of Aghia Irini, a key stopping point on trade routes across the Aegean Sea during the Bronze Age. “We were a team, the archaeologists and the local workmen. But your fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers brought knowledge of the ground and had a lot to teach the American archaeologists who came straight from their books,” Miriam Caskey said at a ceremony at the Folklore Museum of Kea in Mylopotamos in September. M. Caskey first came to Greece on a scholarship in 1955 and, figuratively speaking, hasn’t left since. She was married to John Caskey, the former director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens who led excavations and studies at the site of Aghia Irini from 1960 – a pivotal time for the island – until his death in 1981.

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