This was a fascinating lecture, packed with wonderful information! We have traveled to Santorini a few times and have visited the Akrotiri archaeological site, so we really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the eruption and its impact. Dimitra Pilarinou was a very engaging speaker and we would highly recommend this Context Conversation!
I was captivated from the beginning. Dimitra is obviously both knowledgeable and excited about the Santorini Volcano. I've attended many Context tours, and although they are generally very good, this ones was just exemplary. I would love to take a tour from her the next time I'm in Santorini!
She starts with a review of the island and culture to give context to the artifacts we'll see, then walks us thru the buildings and village of Akrotiri that was destroyed explaining the way of life, economics, art, cooking, plumbing, building techniques etc. Great use of photos - saw all the frescos and there are many - so felt it was almost as good as being there. Then finished with a 15 min overview of VERY interesting material about the eruption and its effects as far away as China and USA. Fascinating story.
It was amazing to have someone from Crete, who is also an archaeologist there. Visual and verbal presentation could not have been better. It was extremely interesting and informative.
When a scholar combines in depth knowledge of their topic with enthusiasm and story telling ability the result is exactly what we experienced in Dimitras' presentation. She gave us an engaging lecture with excellent photos & videos and even brought to the lecture real pumice stone from the volcanic eruption to see! An overall wonderful experience!