Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

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Apr 15 2010 18:00

Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA

Beneath the surface: Modern methods of geophysical surveying

John Underhill

Learn more about modern geophysical techniques, ground surveying methods and geo-engineering, demonstrated through research investigations into the detection of Odysseus’ Ionian homeland in ancient Ithaca.

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Admission: Free but places are limited: to reserve click here.

Apr 22 2010 19:30

Royal Geographic Society - North West Region

Jointly with the Lancaster Environmental Centre. Biology Lecture Theatre, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YQ

The geological quest for Odysseus' Homeland, Ancient Ithaca

John Underhill

John Underhill explains the literary, geographic and geological clues that he and his team are using to locate Homer’s Ithaca in Paliki, a peninsula of Kefalonia.

The talk will take place in the Biology Lecture Theatre, Lancaster University.

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Admission: Free from Tracy Quilliam 01524 510081 (subject to availability).

Mar 11 2010 19:30

Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society, Room 10, New King's, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, Scotland

Following in Schliemann's and Dorpfeld's footsteps: Geoscientific evidence for the relocation of Odysseus' homeland, Ancient Ithaca

John Underhill

John Underhill is the Professor of Stratigraphy in the Grant Institute of Earth Science at The University of Edinburgh. He has been in Edinburgh since 1989 having previously worked for Shell in London and Holland. Prior to that he undertook PhD studies in the Ionian Islands of Greece, to which he returned in 2003 to conduct the geoscientific quest to test Homer’s and Strabo's geographic descriptions of the area. Over the past six years, he has lead geological and geophysical teams who have been using the latest geo-technology to test the notion that Odysseus' homeland, ancient Ithaca was not located on the island bearing that name today but on the westernmost Paliki peninsula of the neighbouring island of Kefalonia.

The talk will take place in Room 10, New King's, Old Aberdeen.

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"Many many thanks for your exciting and so clearly presented talk. No doubt you felt how inspired the audience was in the brief moments before you had to leave. Everyone wants you back!"

Melvin Dalgarno, Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society

Feb 10 2010 11:30

Tekna Seabed Mapping and Inspection Conference, Dr Holms Hotel, Geilo, Norway 3580

The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Steve Thomson, Director General of Geophysical Services, Fugro

The Odysseus Unbound project includes analysis of the Paliki peninsula for supporting evidence that it was once the island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus. Geophysical surveys including airborne EM (magnetometry, conductivity and LIDAR), marine seismic surveys (sidescan sonar, multibeam and sub-bottom profiling) and ground-based techniques (resistivity, magnetometry, gravity and seismic refraction) are being used to read the geological history of this island over the last 3200 years.

Attendance at this lecture is via registration only.

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Contact: Lise Olaussen + 47 22 94 75 51

Feb 04 2010 18:30

Aberdeen Geological Society, University of Aberdeen, Meston Building, Kings College, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, Scotland

The Geological, Geomorphological and Geophysical Evidence for Relocating Odysseus’ Homeland, Ancient Ithaca

John Underhill

The Odysseus Unbound project includes analysis of the Paliki peninsula for supporting evidence that it was once the island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus. Geophysical surveys including airborne EM (magnetometry, conductivity and LIDAR), marine seismic surveys (sidescan sonar, multibeam and sub-bottom profiling) and ground-based techniques (resistivity, magnetometry, gravity and seismic refraction) are being used to read the geological history of this island over the last 3200 years.

This lecture takes place in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Meston Building, University of Aberdeen at 6:30pm. Tea and coffee will be served in the
Staff Common Room of the Department of Geology & Petroleum Geology, up the stairs from Lecture Theatre 1 from 5.30pm.

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"Just a few words of thanks for last night's talk… It was fabulous!… a thoroughly fascinating topic, wide ranging and so well presented! Many, many thanks to you. I'm sure that all present were impressed and went home extremely happy. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I've spent many happy weeks on Cephalonia, Levkas, Meganisi and Ithaca, and would like to say how greatly your contribution in "Odysseus Unbound" enhanced the experience of my last two visits to the area. Praise too, for Robert Bittlestone's diligent and tenacaeous search for Homer’s Ithaca (and indeed for James Diggle's analysis of the ancient texts). It's a fantastic and mind-grabbing project. Thanks also for the updates on the spectacular slope failures. I look forward to further developments with eager anticipation!"

Dr Alan Crane, Department of Geology & Petroleum Geology, University of Aberdeen