Archaeology Lecture: Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in WWII Greece
Nov 11 - 7:30 p.m.
The Archaeological Institute of America
Western Illinois Society
and the Department of Classics at Monmouth College
American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece
Offers a unique perspective on an untold story. the first insiders' account of the American intelligence service in WWII Greece. Archaeologists in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean drew on their personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain to set up spy networks in Nazi-occupied Greece. While many might think lndiana Jones is just a fantasy character, American archaeologists with code-names like Thrush and Chickadee took part in events where Indy would feel at home: burying Athenian dig records in an Egyptian tomb, activating prep-school connections to establish spies, and organizing parachute drops into Greece. These remarkable men and women, often mistaken for mild-mannered professors and scholars, hailed from America's top universities and premier digs, such as Troy and the Athenian Agora, and later rose to the top of their profession as AIA gold medalists and presidents. Relying on interviews with individuals sharing their stories for the first time, previously unpublished secret documents, diaries, letters, and personal photographs, I share an exciting new angle on archaeology and World War II.
Susan Heuck Allen
Lecturer in History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences at the Rhode Island School of Design and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University
Monday, November 11, 2013 7:30 P.M.
Center for Science and Business
Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
This lecture is supported with funds from the Monmouth College Public Affairs Committee.