Death’s Dominion during the Chalcolithic Period in the Southern Levant
Sponsored by AIA-Milwaukee Society, UWM depts of FLL-Classics, Anthropology, Art History
AIA Society Event: Milwaukee
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 3:00pm
UWM Sabin Hall Room G90
3413 North Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Since the discovery in the 1930s of enigmatic wall murals at the type site of Tulaylat al-Ghassul, Jordan, archaeologists have debated how to interpret them. Evidence from iconography and imagery such as this, and from more recent excavations in the southern Levant (Israel, Jordan, and Palestine) suggests a florescence of ritual practices during the Chalcolithic Period (4500-3600 BC). Yorke Rowan, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, will present recent fieldwork that documents a late prehistoric era when novel symbols, rituals and paraphernalia are focused on intensified concerns about the proper treatment of the dead, perhaps indicative of a new religious movement.