Ancient Greek Technology


Estia Lecture 2017, presented as part of the Tasmanian Greek Community's Estia Festival.

Start Date

15th Mar 2017 6:00pm

End Date

15th Mar 2017 7:00pm


Centenary Lecture Theatre, Grosvenor Crescent, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

E: or T: 6226 2299

presented by

Helen Nicholson


To the ancient Greeks techne embodied the craft and skills required to produce stunning buildings, works of art and great feats of engineering. What survives is often studied for its artistic or architectural qualities. This lecture digs deeper into the archaeology of ancient Greek artisans, architects and engineers and explores the science and technology behind the buildings, infrastructure and objects they produced that are so greatly admired today. The case studies considered range from 6th century BCE plumbing to exquisite painted pottery, and from brightly coloured temples to the lost wax technique used to produce bronze sculptures.

About Helen Nicholson

After completing her honours degree Helen headed overseas and spent 18 months on archaeological excavations and visiting sites and museums in Greece and Italy before returning to Sydney to undertake post graduate studies in Classical Archaeology. She developed school and adult education programs as the Education Manager at the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney and spent twenty years as a casual lecturer and tutor for the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney before taking a position as a Producer at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney for several years.  In between teaching and leading over thirty overseas tours with a focus on archaeology and cultural heritage Helen participated in numerous archaeological projects in both New South Wales and overseas. She has worked on projects in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Jordan, Uzbekistan and Cambodia, including three seasons at the AAIA’s excavations at Torone in northern Greece. Helen currently works as an archaeological consultant in Sydney.

Presented in partnership with the Tasmanian Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.