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Archaeology and Ale with Dr. James Osborne


Fieldwork and COVID at Turkey's 'Newest' Iron Age Capital: Results from Türkmen-Karahöyük (Dr. James Osborne, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) In 2019, researchers with the Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP) identified the site to be one of the very largest Bronze and Iron Age cities in ancient Turkey, despite the fact that it had never […]

“Illuminating the Past: An Application of Data Science to Archaeology”

Warren County History Museum 238 S. Sunny Lane, Monmouth, IL

Michael C. Sostarecz, Professor of Mathematics, Monmouth College ( Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is an imaging technique used to non-invasively bring out surface details on artifacts. This lecture will share improvements on how the data is collected, an original model to combine the experimental images, and new options for post-processing. The artifacts presented will include […]

Beyond the Gospels: Creating a Visual Identity for the Virgin Mary in Late Antique Egypt


Dr. Sabrina Higgins (Simon Fraser University, B.C.) The Virgin Mary is an enigmatic Biblical figure, one who rises from relative unimportance in the canonical gospels to become one of the most prominent figures in Christianity. The theological discourse that culminated with the declaration of Mary as Theotokos (‘God bearer’) at the Council of Ephesus in […]