First, Susie's post "Athens -- Broken Pieces" has received rave reviews! In fact, Kostis Kourelis forwarded to me a link to this very recent New York Times article, which echoes the spirit of Susie's post, if in a somewhat less gracious way:
"In Athens alone, swarms of scooters race down crowded sidewalks. Pedestrians struggle to circumnavigate construction debris, torn-up pavement and mounds of refuse. The greatest impediment, however, is the fleet of vehicles that each day mount the city’s approximately 1,200 miles of tree-lined sidewalks or other walkways to park."
I'll be on the lookout for the efforts of the Street Panthers to keep the sidewalks accessible for pedestrians!
Second, as a follow up to my post on the AIA Annual Meeting, Dave Pettegrew, the chair of the Medieval and Post Medieval Archaeology of Greece Interest Group of the AIA sent along word that the IG will have its annual meeting at Sunday, January 6th at 7AM in the Columbian room of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. We'll have a agenda for the meeting together soon, but we will certainly discuss plans for a panel at next years AIA meeting. I've already floated ideas for a panel considering the influence of the Early Travelers on the archaeology of the Medieval and Post-Medieval Mediterranean (inspired by recent work by Jon Frey and Kostis Kourelis) or perhaps a panel that looks at the place of the Medieval and Post-Medieval world in our teaching narratives. We hope to have more and (better) suggestions at the meeting in Chicago!