Samson in Stone: New Discoveries in the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee
Sponsored by Co-sponsored with the University of Pennsylvania Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, and Religious Studies and Program in Jewish Studies
Professor Magness’ excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building that is paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson. In this slide-illustrated lecture, she describes exciting discoveries made through 2014.Read more »
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International Archaeology Day
Celebrate International Archaeology Day at the Penn Museum! Bring the whole family to explore the Museum, check out an interactive mummy table, and run through an obstacle course of doom! Other programs including talks on archaeology and a “What in the World” game show are available at various points throughout the day. Kids and families can also try their hand at craft station, where you can make your own tomb wall. Cosponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Archaeology. Free with Museum admission. Read more »
This mini-seminar delves into the question of what it meant to be a foreigner in Ancient Egypt. Following a general background discussion of the topic by Dr. JJ Shirley, Dr. Kate Liszka and Dr. Beth Ann Judas will present their work on two distinct types of foreigners, the Medjay and the Keftiu respectively.
These particular groups of foreigners each played an important role in ancient Egyptian society and held special status within the Egyptian world-view. The day will also include a tour of the Egyptian Gallery at the Penn Museum that focuses on images of foreigners and what they do – or do not – tell us about the place of a foreigner in ancient Egyptian society.
Dr. JJ Shirley: University of Pennsylvania/Journal of Egyptian History (Brill); Visiting Researcher/Managing Editor
"What it Meant to be a Foreigner in Ancient Egypt"