University of Cincinnati archaeologist Jack Davis discusses some of the recent significant fieldwork developments occurring in Albania in an Archaeological Institute of America lecture at Lawrence University.

Davis presents the slide-illustrated lecture “Archaeology in Albania: A 21st Century Perspective” Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Lawrence’s Wriston Art Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the address.

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in the early 1990s opened the borders in Eastern Europe, facilitating numerous collaborative research projects between Albanian scholars and foreign archaeologists into the history of that country.

A specialist in Aegean prehistory, Davis will outline some of the current field work projects in progress in Albania, with a special emphasis on research he personally has directed around ancient Dyrrachium and Apollonia, two major Greek colonies established in the 7th- and 6th-centuries B.C.

Davis is currently the co-director of the Durres Regional Archaeological project in Albania and formerly served as the
co-director of the Keos Archaeological Project in Greece. He also has done extensive fieldwork in Crete. Davis spent 16 years as a faculty member of the classics department at the University of Chicago and has held the title of Carl W. Blegen Chaired Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati since 1993.