In 1990 I worked as the conservator at Palaikastro, Crete a Minoan Dig.
They found there & I conserved a 55cm ivory and gold statue of a youth , Zeus (some believe) the Palaikastro kouros, is his usual other name
His legs were very burnt, the archies think he lived in building 5 of the site.
I have always thought we had several components of an equation here, we know the amount of burning of the ivory (there was a distinct mark showing the extent) and the size of the room, thus would it be possible for you as a fire expert to deduce how much fuel, ie wood was in the room?
don't think we are related- but great names think alike!
p.s.British school Athens published a whole book on him, 4 or so years back, with a chapter on the conservation written by me, no one pursued the fire thread ( &it failed to make the best sellers list) even though it had quite a good story line, in that-
The legs were found burnt in the building, his body, arms and head were unburnt in the street, it is thought in the iconocalism and hereasy, someone grabbed the sculpture by the legs smashed it on the building's outside and threw the legs into the fire.
Karl Harrison <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
With regard to the effect of combustion on structures within the
archaeological record; I am currently deep in the midst of a PhD at Reading
which aims primarily at examining models of compartment fire and providing a
suitable interface for techniques of forensic fire investigation, fire
engineering and archaeological methodology in an attempt to gather as much
information as possible relating to the dynamics of fire ignition, spread
and resolution. ,,,,,
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