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Tracing the Origins of Art in Africa

Zoom lecture by Dr. Michael Chazan (University of Toronto) Joukowsky Lecture   Zoom Details The waiting room opens at 12:45pm CST, and the live lecture will begin at 1:00pm CST. Click below to join the meeting. Or, join through Zoom with the following login: Meeting ID: 361 501 0853 Password: Brilliant If you do not […]

“The shipwreck in a diamond mine”: Identifying Elephant Herds from the ivory cargo in the 16th century

Rye Free Reading Room 1061 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY

Whilst mining for diamonds in 2008, mine workers in Oranjemund, Namibia found over 40 tons of cargo from a shipwreck buried under the sand for centuries. The ship is likely the Portuguese vessel Bom Jesus, which wrecked off the coast of Namibia in 1533 AD, and the artefacts found reveal aspects of European trade and […]

Colonizing Provincial Egypt: Pyramids and the Early State presented by Professor Richard Bussmann, PhD, University of Cologne

Abstract: When we think of the pyramids of Egypt, we usually refer to the gigantic pyramids of Giza. These were statements of power in the early ancient Egyptian state. Yet, power does not become effective simply by building monuments. It rests on the ability of rulers to manipulate social relationships. In Egypt, the relationship between […]