Farewell to the First ‘Mountain Culture, History and Sources’ Summer School!

The inaugural “Mountain Culture, History and Sources” summer school has come to a close, leaving us with fond memories of the enriching experience amidst the mountain’s cultural abundance. As we bid farewell to its rich cultural heritage, the scorching heat of the city awaits.

The research team accomplished its mission with great success, meticulously recording, cataloguing, and preserving the historical sources of Aristi village in Zagori. This endeavor proved to be a win-win situation, allowing students of history, archaeology, and related disciplines to gain valuable fieldwork experience while giving back to the community by safeguarding and making its heritage accessible to the public.

Dr Nikolaos Magouliotis presenting his work on the church paintings of the mobile painters from Samarina
Open lecture at the old threshing floor
Prof. Emeritus Paul Halstead discussing prehistoric habitation in Zagori

The open lectures and outreach events were an absolute triumph, drawing in impressive crowds, with some talks attracting up to 90 attendees.

Polyphonic singing is an integral aspect of many mountainous communities in the Pindhos. We approached this rich heritage though a workshop and a concert.
Q&A’s with student participants

Congratulations Dr. Faidon Moudopoulos-Athanasiou, as the as the scientific coordinator of the event, for its success. Our heartfelt thanks extend to the Municipality of Zagori, the Aristi Youth Club, and the Ioannis Saralis Foundation for co-hosting the summer school. Special recognition goes to Dr. George Gassias of the Association for the Preservation of Historical Documents and Cultural Heritage “Arxeion Taxis,” who offered invaluable insights to the whole group.

This journey has been an unforgettable experience, leaving us with a deeper appreciation for the beauty of mountain culture and history. Until we meet again!

Learn more about the summer school in our opening post: https://giap.icac.cat/2023/07/05/mountain-culture-history-and-sources-summer-school/

Dr. Faidon Moudopoulos-Athanasiou is a postdoctoral fellow with the project Heritage under young forests: recording and interpreting the cultureal heritage underneath the afforested Zagori (NW Greece). Juan de la Cierva (FJC2021-047943-I), funded by the the Agencia Estatal de Investigación of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, the European Union-NextGenerationEU in the context of the Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia.

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