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Mysterious Clay Nodules: Professor Diamantis Panagiotopoulos on Campus TV

13 05 2009
The lords of the rings lived in Crete — Heidelberg archaeologist establishes the origins of clay nodules from the Minoan civilisation
The remarkable history of the Greek island of Crete produced a civilisation that to this day has yielded up very few of its secrets. One of the central issues in the research work conducted by Heidelberg archaeologist Diamantis Pangiotopoulos was whether the famous palace of Knossos where the legendary King Minos resided was in fact the heart of the Minoan empire, or whether there were other important settlements. In his inquiries the “lords of the rings” played an important part. These were in all likelihood a group of high-ranking officials who dispatched small leather-bound packages equipped with clay nodules. The seals of the officials were impressed on these nodules. With their aid Professor Pangiotopoulos was able to prove that in the Minoan empire of the time Knossos must indeed have been the political centre.

In its May/June edition, Campus TV, the broadcasting medium for Heidelberg University and other partners, visits Diamantis Pangiotopoulos at the University’s Institute of Classical Archaeology. Transmitted via the Astra satellite and the cable networks Campus TV can be watched at peak viewing hours on the Rhein-Neckar-Fernsehen (RNF) channel. The new edition as of Thursday, 14 May 2009 also reports on Masters’ Day at Mannheim University, a new children’s hospital on the SRH campus in Karlsbad Langensteinbach and Mannheim University of Applied Sciences’ new Institute of Medical Technology.

Modern imaging resources in medicine, such as computer or magnetic resonance tomography, are getting better all the time. But even these new devices frequently come up against their limits when moving organs like the heart, the lungs or the liver are involved. A project at Mannheim University sets out to push back those limits. Almost a year ago an Institute of Medical Technology was set up there in collaboration with Heidelberg University. It offers an interdisciplinary course on medical technology.

Contributions from the “anderthalb” team headed by Professor Michael Hausmann of Heidelberg University’s Kirchhoff Institute of Physics are a regular feature of the programme. This time the subject they home in on is fluorescent dyes.

Campus TV is broadcast every week at 7.30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8 p.m. on Sundays. Campus TV is sponsored by the non-profit Klaus Tschira Foundation (Heidelberg), the Mannheim lubricant company Fuchs Petrolub AG, the Stiftung Rehabilitation Heidelberg, the John Deere company (Mannheim) and the Baden-Württemberg Broadcast Authority (LfK) in Stuttgart. The programme is compered by Campus TV editor Joachim Kaiser. Campus TV on the internet:

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