• 18 November - Club Committees & Projects
  • 25 November - Lloyd Chapman: Solar Power initiatives


Meeting Host, Sergeant, Introduction, Thanks, Parting Thought.

  • 18 November - Gary McElhinney
  • 25 November - Rodger Mc Cormack


The Meeting

Graham Oliver introduced Dr. Marcia Nugent, the sister of President Robert (see photo at left).

Marcia spoke about her thesis for her Phd which was ‘Botanic motifs of the Bronze Age Cycladic Islands: identity belief ritual and trade’.

She looked at representations of plants on pots and walls at three sites from the Cycladic Islands in Greece about 5 thousand years ago.

Marcia  described how on the three archaeological sites – Ayia Irini, Akrotiri and Phylakopi, representation of women and crocus flowers, from which we get Saffron, were different.
She talked about how women's role in gathering and trading the saffron was significant, and showed different examples of the crocus on pottery and on wall paintings in houses that have been unearthed by archeologists at the three sites.
In comparing herself to that other famous archeologist - Indiana Jones, Marcia notes "I think the most important way you can definitely tell I am definitely not Indiana Jones, is that I was looking to gain was understanding what the people I was studying really valued – not understanding what was the most valuable item they made to lock in a museum."
Its worth noting that Marcia took 14 years to complete her doctorate part time, a wonderful achievement in motivation and perseverance.


Parting Thought
"The past is not dead, it is living in us and will be alive in the future that we are now helping to make"
Morris Williams
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