Glenn Schwartz, Johns Hopkins University, Era of the Living Dead: Memory, Sacrifice and the “Royal” Tombs at Umm el-Marra, Syria
Kershaw Lecturer for the Finger Lakes Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 6:00pm. Location: G22, Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University
Abstract: Excavations at Tell Umm el-Marra in western Syria have exposed a large funerary complex of rich tombs associated with local rulers in the Early Bronze Age period of Syria’s first urban civilization, ca. 2500-2100 BC. The skeletons and artifacts found in the tombs allow us to reconstruct funerary practices and beliefs in unprecedented detail, while structures with equids and human infants provide unique evidence of sacrificial rituals that accompanied the burial of the illustrious dead. In the Middle Bronze Age, ca. 1900-1600 BC, new ritual structures and sacrificial activities took place atop the old royal necropolis, raising issues of social memory, the continuity of ritual, and the role of human sacrifice. This talk will discuss this extraordinary sequence of ritual behaviors and explore how they shed light on political and religious changes in the history of Syria’s first urban civilization
Katie Kearns (Ph.D. Classics student, Cornell U.) presents a lecture for the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) series: ”Investigating environmental change in first-millennium BC Cyprus: an integrated approach.”
6:30 pm, Wed Mar 5, Ithaca College Natural Sciences Bldg, Room 208.
The 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 (http://tesserae.caset.buffalo.edu/) 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
Joanna Sofaer, University of Southampton (UK), “Cartographies of the Body: Practice and Challenge in Human Bioarchaeology,” Fri, Feb 28, 3:30 McGraw 215. Co-sponsored by CIAMS. More…
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!
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
The Department of Classics presents…
Jens-Arne Dickmann, Senior Researcher in Classical Archaeology, University of Freiburg
“Household Archaeology in Pompeii: The Casa del Menandro”
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:30 PM
G22 Goldwin Smith Hall
Reception to follow in 119 Goldwin Smith Hall
“Archaeology as Profane Illumination: Dialectics of the Urban Landscape,” Friday March 14, 3:30 in McGraw 215. Dawdy will also be featured in a RadioCIAMS podcast concerning ‘Millennial archaeology’.
Abstract: My effort here is to experiment with the methodology Walter Benjamin called Profane Illumination, or what one of his major interpreters, Susan Buck-Morss (1989), calls Dialectical Seeing. Continue reading
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 pm in room 208 of the Center for Natural Sciences at Ithaca College, John Henderson (Professor of Anthropology, Cornell) opens the New York State Archaeological Association’s lecture series with “Hot air and politics: sweatbaths in ancient Mesoamerica.” Abstract: The constellation of associations revolving around Mesoamerican sweatbaths made them prominent in public, political life in ways that set them apart from Roman baths, Jewish mikvahs, Finnish saunas, Japanese sentös, and North American sweat lodges. Continue reading