Susan Heuck Allen, a lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design and a visiting scholar at prestigious Brown University, will present the next archaeology lecture series program at Monmouth College on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the new Center for Science and Business.
Titled “Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece,” the talk has the same title as Allen’s recently published book.
Free and open to the public, the lecture is sponsored by the Monmouth College classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).
“This is an exciting new angle on archaeology and World War II,” said Allen, who relied primarily on previously unpublished secret documents and on interviews with individuals sharing their stories for the first time.
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 Indiana Jones is just a fantasy character, American archaeologists with code names like Thrush and Chickadee took part in events where ‘Indy’ would feel right at home,” said Allen. “They buried Athenian dig records in an Egyptian tomb, activated prep-school connections to establish spies and organized parachute drops into Greece,” among other covert activities.