October 25, 2013
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the AIA-Toronto Society welcomed Dr. Marie-Henriette Gates to Toronto as part of the society’s International Archaeology Day Celebrations. She graciously spoke twice during her stay. First she conducted a lunchtime workshop on “Kinet Höyük in the Iron Age” for graduate students in the University of Toronto’s Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civillizations. This workshop was held and co-sponsored by the University of Toronto Archaeology Centre and 15 people were in attendance. It was a wonderful opportunity for students, some who had actually worked with her in the field in Turkey, to have a chance to interact with her and “pick her brains”.
Later the same day the society welcomed her as the Joukowsky lecturer to their regular lecture series and she gave a lecture titled “Reflections from a Middle Eastern Archaeological Diary.” In her lecture, she gave a stimulating overview on the past and current state of archaeology in Turkey. Her remarks were a sobering appraisal of the current cultural policies being enacted by municipal and state authorities. A reception followed the lecture.International Archaeology Day Blog