History Matters: Archaeology of Cyprus and the Middle East
The public is welcome to a lecture by Dr. Stuart Swiny, "History Matters: Investigations in Cyprus and the Middle East" at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, May 6th at 2 pm. This program is offered as part of The Purrington Lecture Series by the Mattapoisett Library Trust.
Imagine the often irreparable damage suffered by ancient monuments and museums in war-torn countries ranging from Afghanistan to the island of Cyprus. Dr. Swiny will discuss the before and after beauty and condition of these treasures, the destruction of which results in the loss of ethnic identities for people in the affected areas.
With beautiful photographs, Dr. Swiny will also offer a description of the rich and, varied, but little known ancient cultures for which Cyrpus, Aphrodite's birthplace, is renowned.
Dr. Swiny, professor Emeritus from the University at Albany, New York, is currently the Director of the Sotira Archeaological Project. He has lectured widely in the United State and abroad, and has spent many years on site in Cyprus and in the Middle East.
A reception will follow the lecture. Please call the library at 508-758-4171 to make a reservation, but walk-ins are welcome. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Shipyard Park, one block from the library at the wharf.