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Bravo receives NEH Fellowship for study at the American School in Athens

Professor Jorge Bravo has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in order to travel to Greece and conduct research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA). Bravo will use the five-month long fellowship to study material from the Cave of Pan at Oinoe, near Marathon in Attica.

Described briefly in antiquity by Pausanias, the Cave of Pan was identified and partially excavated by I. Papadimitriou in 1958. It consists of a series of ten chambers with two entrances and yielded evidence of human activity beginning as early as the Neolithic Period. From the historical periods, when the cave served the cult of Pan and the Nymphs, Papadimitriou found extensive remains of pottery, terracotta figurines, lamps, some gold jewelry, and a fragment of an inscribed votive stele. The results of his work never received more than preliminary publication, however. Bravo will use the NEH fellowship to study the material from Papadimitriou's original excavation, as well as from recent salvage excavations meant to preserve the site from looting, in order to produce a study of the worship that took place in the Cave throughout antiquity.

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study museum collections. Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 47 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.