Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

New excavations at Mycenae are unearthing an important and exciting part of the life of a Bronze Age palatial center: the ceramics industry. An architectural complex within the settlement, known as Petsas House, is being revealed and with it more than a thousand artifacts related to the production, storage, and exchange of pottery. This lecture will present the latest finds from the site and the insight they give into the lives of the master potters and painters of the 14th century B.C. within the place they called home, work, and market.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.


March 10, 2007, 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Unearthing the Potters of Ancient Mycenae

Koret Auditorium, de Young

Presented by Dr. Kim Shelton, Professor, Department of Classics, University of California at Berkeley, Director, Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, and Director of the Archaeological Society of Athens' Excavation at Petsas House, Mycenae

Admission: Free/AAC members; $5/general, $3/students


Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

Please help us keep Ptolemy I Soter—Alexander the Great’s general and the founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ended with Cleopatra—in San Francisco.

The Ancient Art Council is seeking your help to acquire this Egyptian limestone relief of a Ptolemaic king in a devotional pose. Any amount will help.