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Greek Archaeological Committee Event
The Greek Archaeological Committee UK organized, on the 14th November 2013, at King’s College London a lecture entitled “Early Christian Mosaics from Aghia Kyriaki (Central Greece). New Evidence of a Flourishing Centre” given by Dr. George Kakavas. On behalf of the Embassy of Greece, Ambassador Mr. Konstantinos Bikas attended the event.
Dr. George Kakavas has a rich academic background, having studied both at the University of Athens and the University of London. He was a Harvard Scholar research fellow for the Centre of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and research associate both of the Christian and Archaeological Society and the University of Athens. As an archaeologist, he has conducted numerous excavations (Kastoria, Salamis, Ypati etc.), and has been a prolific author on key issues of art and architecture from the Hellenistic to the Post-Byzantine periods. Currently, he is the Acting Director of the National Archaeological Museum and Director of the Numismatic Museum in Athens.
In his lecture, Dr. Kakavas presented his findings from an excavation he conducted in 2009, when he rescued a small part of a mosaic floor, which was accidentally exposed in an olive grove next to the church of Aghia Kyriaki on the coast of Livanates in Fthiotida area, and held significant archaeological data. Furthermore, he focused on the high quality multi-coloured mosaic floors and their unusual architectural elements, which were created by skilful artisans operating in the region.