Spring 2016

The Scientific Study of Antiquity

Malcolm H. Wiener

Breakthroughs in archaeological science, combined with new approaches to interpreting classical texts, have begun to deliver major new insights into the physical realities and mentalities of the classical world. This short essay introduces some of these scientific advances, and argues that profiting from them requires a robustly interdisciplinary skill set.

MALCOLM H. WIENER, a Fellow of the American Academy since 1999, is President and Founder of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

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