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U.Va. Expert On The Ancient City Of Morgantina Will Give A Lecture At The University Of Virginia On Sept. 14

September 6, 2005 --

WHO:      Malcolm Bell, III, U.Va. professor of art history

WHAT:    “The Hellenistic City of Morgantina, 1955-2005”

WHEN:     Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m.

WHERE:    Campbell Hall, Room 153

Parking is available in the A-6 lot on Rugby Road, across from the U.Va. Art Museum, and in the A-9 lot adjacent to Culbreth Theatre


U.VA. art history professor and archeologist Malcolm Bell III has spent the greater part of his career trying to find the keys to unlock the secrets of the Hellenistic culture and civilization of Morgantina, an ancient Greek colony in central Sicily.

Bell has been excavating at the ruins of the once prosperous city of 10,000 inhabitants since he was a graduate student at Princeton in the 1960s. Today, he is field director of the University’s excavations there. 

 Founded in 1955 in part as a training excavation for younger archeologists, classicists and art historians, the summer program at Morgantina has helped to prepare generations of graduate students from U.Va, Princeton and other major American universities for work in archaeology and related fields. Work at the site has yielded a half-century of valuable insights into the public and private art and architecture of the Hellenistic Mediterranean.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of excavations at Morgantina and his 25th year as director, Bell will give a lecture “The Hellenistic City at Morgantina, 1955-2005” at the University of Virginia. Following Bell’s talk, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153, he will be honored at a reception sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Warren Dunn and Mr. and Mrs. Neil MacDougall in the U.Va. Art Museum.  

For additional information, contact Sylvia New Strawn at (434) 924-1622 or sns@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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