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February 2017

Egyptian Coffins and Sarcophagi in the San Diego Museum of Man: Some Technical Studies

February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    The San Diego museum of man has a collection of Saite and Ptolemaic coffins and mummies which were the subject of a technical study from 2007-2009.  Pigments, binding media, grounds, wood and degradation products were characterized by x ray diffraction analyses, x ray fluorescence spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, wood anatomy, gas chromatography mass spectrometry and Elisa, a synopsis of the results of the study will be presented with examples of specific coffins illustrated. Light lunch provided. David Scott…

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Annual Colloquia in Armenian Studies

February 23 - February 24

The Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies is a forum for graduate students from various disciplines whose research bears on Armenian Studies to present scholarly papers in the humanities and social sciences, within disciplines as wide-ranging as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art history, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, History, and Political Science.

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Opening at the Close: History and Politics in Late-10th- Century Armenia

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This paper explores the spectrum of Armenian historical writing from the second half of the 10th century, arguing for a remarkable diversity of approach and experience. Dr. Timothy W. Greenwood received his D.Phil from the University of Oxford, and is a Senior Lecturer in the School of History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His teaching interests extend across mediaeval Byzantium and the Near East (6th–11th centuries) with particular interest in the Caucasus and Sasanian Persia. His research is…

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The Archaeological Adventure of Museo Egizio (1903-1920)

February 16 @ 3:30 pm

Ernesto Schiaparelli, director of Museo Egizio between 1894 and 1928 responded to the need for an enlarged Egyptian collection at Turin. In 1903 the Missione Archeologica Italiana (M.A.I.) was founded, promoting 12 archaeological expeditions at 11 sites in Egypt. With the important assistance of collaborators, Schiaparelli undertook this fieldwork to better document the history of Ancient Egypt. Significantly, the anthropological interest in human remains of these expeditions was at that time innovative, and gave the Museo Egizio an original multidisciplinary…

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New Light on Qubbet el-Hawa

February 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dr. Bommas will be giving two lectures. First lecture will be from 11:00A-11:50A. Second lecture will be from 12:15P-1:00P.       Dr. Martin Bommas Reader in Egyptology Getty Scholar 2016-2017 Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Arts at the University of Birmingham Director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology  Event Flyer

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January 2017

The Politics of Inequality in Israel: New Insights from the Social Justice Protest of 2011

January 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

ABOUT THE TALK In Israel in the summer of 2011 at least one in five adult citizens participated in a wave of street protests, critiquing rising inequality and demanding increased government intervention. This represented an exceptional departure from normal welfare state politics in Israel, which lies outside the left/right division and is dominated by parties and pressure groups representing specific sectors of society. To the extent that the social protest succeeded in breaking down barriers defined by class, culture and…

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To Refer or Not to Refer: Tracking Intertextuality in the Hebrew Bible

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Machinist will develop aspects of intertextuality through several examples involving well-known biblical texts, including Psalm 29—a famous “Canaanite” hymn in the Psalter. This seminar will be held in conjunction with Professor Schniedewind’s Ugaritic seminar. Graduate students are encouraged to read Psalm 29 and Y. Avishur’s chapter on “Psalm 29” in Studies in Hebrew and Ugaritic Psalms.     Dr. Peter Machinist Harvard Divinity School Event Flyer

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Modelling Long-Distance Interaction in the Middle Bronze Age

January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Old Assyrian trade network c. 1895-1865 BCE is by far the best documented example of how a long-distance commercial circuit was organized and run in the ancient world. But the Assyrian records show that the circuit to which they relate was not isolated. It formed part of a chain of comparable units and was kept intentionally separate from competing entities. This talk will explore some of those other linked and competing commercial networks of the Middle Bronze Age in…

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Divine Priestesses: The Ptolemaic Queens in the Egyptian and Hellenistic Cults

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Ptolemaic kings and queens were not only venerated as synnaoi theoi (‘temple-sharing gods’) in the Egyptian temples and received various cults of their own (including the Hellenistic and Egyptian ruler cults), but they also served as priests and priestesses themselves. In the ancient Egyptian understanding, the king was per definitionem the high priest. This lecture will focus on the queens serving as priestesses, both in the Hellenistic and the Egyptian contexts, and analyse how these two worlds were possibly…

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Sea Peoples and Neo-Hittites in the ‘Land of Palistin’: Recent Discoveries at Tayinat on the Orontes

January 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Recent archaeological discoveries have begun to challenge the prevailing view of the Early Iron Age (ca. 1200-900 BCE) as an era of cultural devolution and ethnic strife, or a ‘Dark Age’, in the eastern Mediterranean, as depicted in the Homeric epics and the Hebrew Bible. This illustrated talk will highlight the exciting discoveries of the University of Toronto’s ongoing excavations at ancient Tayinat. TIMOTHY HARRISON (University of Toronto) Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures UCLA…

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