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Useful Objects: Nineteenth-Century Museums and American Culture (Free Virtual Event)

Reed Gochberg, Assistant Director of Studies; Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University In conversation with: Brenda Tindal, Executive Director, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture What can the history of museums tell us about their role in American culture today? What kinds of objects were considered worth collecting, and who decided their value? Join […]

Reconstructing Queen Amanishakheto’s Musical Instruments (Free Virtual Lecture)

Susanne Gänsicke, Senior Conservator and ​​Head of Antiquities Conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Double reed pipes, known as auloi, were popular musical instruments in the ancient Mediterranean. In 1921, archaeologists exploring the necropolis of Meroë (northern Sudan)—as part of the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition—found a large collection of auloi in […]

Pompeii on the Potomac

Spokane, WA

Constantino Brumidi’s Roman-Style Wall Paintings for the US Capitol Dr. Elise Friedland (George Washington University, D.C.) The US Capitol—America’s central federal building—echoes ancient Greece and Rome, not only in its architecture and architectural sculpture, but even in its decorative murals. This talk presents new research on the 1858 fresco cycle in the Senate wing’s Naval […]

“Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth”

Monmouth College IL

Sienkewicz Lecture on Roman Archaeology Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (magness@email.unc.edu) In the first century B.C.E., Herod the Great, who ruled Judea as client king on behalf of Rome, built a fortified palace atop the mountain of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. […]

“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 […]

Muchos Méxicos: Crossroads of the Americas exhibition opens to the public

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

On Friday, November 26, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments—reopen to the public. See https://bit.ly/HMSCExhibitions for hours and reservations. Muchos Méxicos explores Mexico’s rich history as a […]

Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World exhibition opens to the public

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

On Friday, November 26, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments—reopen to the public. See https://bit.ly/HMSCExhibitions for hours and reservations. Much like today, ancient “consumers” were connected to […]

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 […]