Friends of Aphrodisias: an invitation

Marvellous new discoveries revealed

By John Scott | March 11, 2023

The Aphrodisias 2022 campaign un-earthed this marble portrait of a beautiful young priestess with an elaborate plaited hairstyle – buried in mysterious circumstances by the construction of a Dark-Age structure on top of it.

To learn the story of this wonderful find, join Prof RRR Smith in London for the Friends of Aphrodisias Trust's Annual Kenan Erim Lecture on Thursday, March 16.

The talk is being held at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Sq, WC1 3BG,  and the lecture begins at 6.30pm.

Tickets are free to members; a donation of £35 at the door to non-members.

A zoom link for Friends who cannot be with us will be available from William Chubb, the Hon Secretary (


We would like to take this opportunitity to encourage all our readers to join the Friends of Aphrodisias (A number of other organisations are involved in supporting the excavation and conservation work at Aphrodisias, including the Geyre Vakfı, Istanbul, the American Friends of Aphrodisias, the Aphrodisias Sevenler, Izmir, and the Association des Amis d'Aphrodisias, Paris.)

The London event is organised by the Friends of Aphrodias Trust, a UK-based charity chaired by Lady Daunt. If you would like to support incredible work in difficult economic times, please register with the Hon. Secretary ( You can pay at the door or transfer your membership fee to the account below (we recommend a donation of £50, but larger gifts are extremely welcome).

The Friends of Aphrodisias Trust
If paying by BACS, bank details are as follows: Messrs C. Hoare & Co.
Account No: 0213 1010; Sort Code: 15-99-00

Patricia Daunt's highly informative and readable annual newsletter is available online here – the archive goes all the way back to 2007 and makes fascinating reading.

Forthcoming Friends' events include an expedition to Oxford on June 5 to have lunch at Lincoln College, followed by a visit to the Knossos exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum.

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