Morag Kersel, DePaul University, Chicago “The Lure of the Relic : Collecting the Holy Land”
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:30am
Knight Auditorium, The Spurlock Museum
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Abstract: The relationship between people and things is a crucial avenue of investigation in understanding past cultures. While the social aspects of material culture have come under closer scrutiny over the past few decades, what remains largely unexplored are the reasons why people collect archaeological artifacts. An examination of the social contexts and the consequences of consuming material culture is integral to a fuller understanding of archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean.