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Animal Lives At Petra

February 29, 2024 @ 7:30 pm EST

HIghsmith Union, UNC Asheville
One Carmichael Heights UNCA
Asheville, NC 28804 United States

AIA Society: Western Carolina

Lecturer: Kathryn Grossman

The ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, is best known for its monumental tombs and religious constructions. Recent excavations, however, are giving us a glimpse into a whole new facet of life at Petra – the complex relationships between humans and animals. In this talk, I discuss human-animal relationships as seen through the animal bones recovered from two areas of excavations at Petra. The first, on Petra’s North Ridge, revealed a complex of Roman-era houses. The second, at the Temple of the Winged Lions, revealed a Nabataean temple complex. In this talk, and drawing on these two data sets, I present a rather traditional look at the animal economy at Petra, and then delve deeper to consider the complexities of a multispecies community in this arid environment. I want to consider not just how humans used animals as economic resources, but also how the lives of humans and animals were intertwined in meaningful ways.

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February 29, 2024
7:30 pm EST
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HIghsmith Union, UNC Asheville
One Carmichael Heights UNCA
Asheville, NC 28804 United States
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