Distinguished Archaeologist Oscar T. Broneer Dies
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Oscar Theodore Broneer, the archaeologist who discovered the sanctuary of Poseidon, has died at age 97, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens announced today.
The Swedish-born Broneer died at home on Saturday, the school said.
Broneer, who emigrated to the United States when he was 19, first came to Greece in 1924 as a postgraduate student at the American School of Classical Studies. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1931.
In 1948, after the death of his wife, he went to the University of Chicago, where he was professor of archaeology from 1949 until his retirement in 1960.
He directed University of Chicago excavations from 1952 to 1967 at Isthmia near Corinth, where the Panhellenic sanctuary and temple of Poseidon was discovered. The sanctuary was famous for athletic competitions that it began holding in the 6th century B.C.
Broneer worked extensively in ancient Corinth and at the Acropolis.
He pioneered what he often called the ″common sense″ approach of studying ancient monuments in the field, combining what was actually found, the researcher’s interpretation and literary work on the subject.
″The treasure hunter digs to find; the archaeologist digs to learn - and he must learn from everything, not just works of art or objects of curiosity,″ he often said.
Broneer is survived by his sons Paul Theodore and Jon Winroth and by his grandsons Eric and George. His first wife, Verna Anderson, the mother of his sons, died in 1948. His second wife, Lula Logan, died in 1986.