Monthly Archives: February 2014

Neil Coffee: Tessarae Project Workshop

TesseraeThe Department of Classics presents… Neil Coffee, Associate Professor of Classics, University at Buffalo – State University of New York, Tesserae Project Workshop. Friday, March 7, 2014 1:30 – 3:00 PM 124 Goldwin Smith Hall. The Tesserae website ( offers a variety of ways to explore inheritance and influence in ancient Greek, Latin, and English literature at the level of individual lines of poetry and sentences. These include searches by shared words, shared dictionary headwords  (lemmata), and sound features. Continue reading

Abel Beth Maacah Excavations Uncover Silver Hoard at an Ancient Crossroads

3200-year-old silver earrings and ingots uncovered in northern Israel

Noah Wiener   •  02/26/2014, from

The city of Abel Beth Maacah was located at an important juncture between several ancient Near Eastern cultures. During the Bronze Age, it was a threshold between the Levant and the major empires of Syria and Mesopotamia. In the Iron Age, the Biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah was a crossroads between Israel, Phoenicia and Syria, and it may have served as the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Maacah (Joshua 12:5; 2 Samuel 10:8). The site features an extensive Bronze Age occupation centuries before it became a prominent Hebrew Bible-era city. In 2 Samuel 20:14-22, Sheba son of Bichri took refuge in the city after calling for revolt against King David. Joab’s negotiations with a “wise woman” of the city resulted in Sheba’s beheading. Abel Beth Maacah (referred to as Abel Maim in 2 Chronicles 16:4) was later conquered by Ben Hadad of Aram-Damascus (1 Kings 15:20) and by Tiglath-pileser III in 733/32 BCE (2 Kings 15:29). Continue reading

Elly Truitt, Rare Devices: Technology, Geography, and Automata

This announcement from Medieval Studies may be of interest to any interested in materiality:

Dr. Elly Truitt from Bryn Mawr College will be giving a talk on February 27 at 4:30 at the Lewis Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. The lecture is called “Rare Devices: Technology, Geography, and Automata.” The following is a description: Automata first entered the Latin West as gifts from foreign rulers in the Carolingian period. Prevailing scientific theories in medieval Latin culture that rationalized the connection between geographic location and powerful natural objects allowed Latin Christian scholars and writers to explain these objects in ways that reflected contemporary ideas about natural laws, as well as anxieties about knowledge and technology from outside of Christian Europe. These theories also accounted for the different kinds of knowledge available outside Latin Christendom and for the persistent view of automata as inherently foreign and marvelous objects.

There will be a reception to follow. We look forward to seeing you!

‘Transformations’ conference at Syracuse U.

On Thursday, February 27th, the South Asia Center will hold the opening reception and keynote address for its “Transformations in South Asian Folk Arts, Aesthetics, and Commodities.”  The reception begins at 5:30 in the Public Events room (220 Eggers).

Following the reception will be a keynote address by Dr. Dilip Chakrabarti, Professor Emeritus of South Asian Archeology at Cambridge University. His talk, “Folk Art Elements in Indian Archaeological Tradition” will examine the complexities of identifying ‘folk elements’ in Indian archaeological data, and then offer a critical review of what has been traditionally identified as ‘folk art’ in the whole range of Indian archaeological data.

 The “Transformations” conference will continue on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st. For the full schedule, please check out our website:

 Emera Bridger Wilson Associate Director/Outreach Coordinator South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 346 Eggers Hall Syracuse University Syracuse NY 13244 (315) 443-2553

Upcoming ISAW lectures (NYU)

From <>:
February Events at ISAW

Events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please Note: Admission to the lecture hall closes 10 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:00pm: ISAW Visiting Research Scholar Lecture
Watching Them Watching Us: Learning to Look at the Earliest Monastic Portraits from Late Antique Egypt Thelma Thomas (ISAW & IFA) –reception to follow
This lecture is sponsored by The Achelis Foundation. Continue reading

Excavations at Roman baths

[from Jane Whitehead, Valdosta State University):


June 8 – July 19, 2014

We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

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Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG USA) conference

North American Theoretical Archaeology Group TAG USA, May 23-25, 2014 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. TAG2014 Sessions are now open. Call for Papers- Deadline March 7, 2014

At this time, we invite all interested parties to submit abstracts to one of our 21 exciting sessions (click here or see the attached pdf to see list of sessions). Please send your abstracts directly to the session organizers (not to TAG-Urbana) by email. 
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