Ides of August Album Two  

How do you piece together a narrative of 32-years of your life’s work? sThat was the dilemma facing archaeologist and LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Leslie Day as she began to write her book about the site that made her name in archaeological circles and continues to tell scholars more about the people who lived there during the "Dark Ages" of Crete.

Most books about such sites tell the story from the dig's perspective—inventorying every find, piece by piece, highlighting the best of them. But Professor Day wanted something different; something “that would concentrate on the people who lived there and their history, not on the cleverness of the archaeologist.”

She organized her book so that readers go room to room, envisioning the place as it might have been for those who lived there. The first volume—Kavousi IIA: The Late Minoan IIIC Settlement at Vronda. The Buildings on the Summit—was published last year.

“I hope I’m creating a compelling narrative that will be a service to the people of ancient Kavousi, who could not write, to bring their stories and history to light.”

Read more about Professor Day here.

Click here to read a blog by Professor Day and her Wabash students written during a recent immersion learning experience in Kavousi.

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