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“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 […]

Cruising the Mekong RIver: Vietnam and Cambodia

Explore the wonders of tropical Indochina on our luxurious tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Mekong River. Begin with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City (still known by many as Saigon), a busy and dynamic metropolis that exudes energy and buzzes with activity. Then embark on a seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the beautiful […]

Ancient Roads of the Chaco World: Monumentality, Religion, and Power

CU Museum of Natural History Broadway, Boulder, CO

In this talk, Rob Weiner will discuss his recent fieldwork throughout the Chaco World, which combines LiDAR, drone aerial photography, and on-the-ground documentation to investigate the history, use, and meaning of monumental roads in Chacoan society. He will focus on new insights regarding the destinations of roads and ritual practices carried out on them, with […]