The temple of Ptah at Memphis in the Saite-Persian era: landscape, sanctuaries, people

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Coming up this Friday the 27th October a talk by Nenad Marković. His talk will focus on elite priestly families of Memphis during the late Saite and the beginning of the Persian era (570-486 BCE) and their interrelations. His research also includes prosopography of Lower Egypt during the Saite-Persian and Ptolemaic Periods (664–30 BCE), the religious and socio-political history of Saite-Persian, Ptolemaic, and Roman Egypt (664 BCE–395 CE), as well as high priests of Ptah (c. 2700 BCE–c. 232 CE), the cult of the divine Apis bull (c. 3100 BCE–362 CE), and royal and non-royal women of Saite-Persian Egypt.

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UAVs (drones) in Archaeology – Gai Jorayev

Many thanks to Gai Jorayev for giving the first ‘Off the Record’ seminar of the term in which he explored the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles, ‘drones’) in Archaeology.

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Gai described the use of UAVs in a wide range of projects in the Institute, including the Ancient Merv Project and in Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), as well as in Archaeology South-East projects, with stunning images, 3D models and aerial footage demonstrating the importance of this technology for mapping, photogrammetric recording and heritage management. The value of UAVs in public engagement, both when in use and in producing such compelling results, was also clear.

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Gai described how the development in recent years of not only the UAVs themselves but also camera technology and software have pushed forward what is now possible, and how this has also been enhanced by skills and experience built up by using a range of equipment, software and techniques in varied locations and through experimentation. He also discussed the issues of processing the large quantities of data produced, as well as working in challenging terrain.

Thanks again to Gai for discussing the opportunities and challenges of this fascinating and rapidly-developing field!

A reminder that next Wednesday, 18th October, Tommaso Mattioli (University of Barcelona) and Margarita Díaz-Andreu (ICREA and University of Barcelona) will be giving a seminar, 5-6pm in room 209:

Intangible landscapes: measuring the acoustics of rock art sites in the Central and Western Mediterranean

For some time researchers have pointed out that, in addition to the visual, other senses may explain the production and location of rock art in prehistoric landscapes. Among all the senses, an increasing attention is being paid to hearing, but measuring acoustics has proved to be a challenge. Rock art researchers usually work in remote, open-air environments in which the equipment usually employed by acoustical engineers and architects is not adequate. In this talk we will discuss how we were able to overcome this and other difficulties in the case of our examination of rock art landscapes in the Central and Western Mediterranean.

Off the Record – Intangible landscapes: measuring the acoustics of rock art sites in the Central and Western Mediterranean, 18th October

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We are very pleased to welcome Tommaso Mattioli (University of Barcelona) and Margarita Díaz-Andreu (ICREA and University of Barcelona) to give an ‘Off the Record’ World Archaeology Section seminar, on Wednesday 18th October, 5-6pm, in room 209. 

Intangible landscapes: measuring the acoustics of rock art sites in the Central and Western Mediterranean

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For some time researchers have pointed out that, in addition to the visual, other senses may explain the production and location of rock art in prehistoric landscapes. Among all the senses, an increasing attention is being paid to hearing, but measuring acoustics has proved to be a challenge. Rock art researchers usually work in remote, open-air environments in which the equipment usually employed by acoustical engineers and architects is not adequate. In this talk we will discuss how we were able to overcome this and other difficulties in the case of our examination of rock art landscapes in the Central and Western Mediterranean.

Find out more on the project website: http://www.archeoacustica.net/

Also, a reminder that this week, on Friday 13th October, 1-2pm, Gai Jorayev will be giving the first ‘Off the Record’ lunchtime seminar this term, on UAVs (drones) in Archaeology in room 209.

Off the Record – Friday 16th June

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Beyond the comfort zone: challenging the colonial and neo-colonial in contemporary Nile valley archaeology – Claudia Näser

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The next ‘Off the Record’ lunchtime seminar will be given by Claudia Näser on Friday 16th June at 12.30pm in room 410.

Claudia Näser currently is a Teaching Fellow in Egyptian Archaeology at IoA. She has been doing  fieldwork in Egypt and Sudan for over two decades. In her Off the Record talk Claudia will examine colonial legacies and neo-colonial constellations which permeate present-day practices of archae­ology in the Nile valley. Drawing from a case study on sex tourism which she conducted in the World Heritage Site of Luxor and from wider research in that field, she will investigate whether and how these challenges can be met. Her talk will consider archaeological fieldwork situations as well as institutional contexts in national heritage administration. Outlining the trajectories of, and insights from, her own projects Claudia will put new approaches to ethical and sustainable professional practice for discussion.

All welcome!