Off the Record – UAVs (drones) in Archaeology – Gai Jorayev, 13th October

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The first Off the Record lunchtime seminar this term will be given by Gai Jorayev on Friday 13th October, 1-2pm in room B13 on UAVs (drones) in Archaeology.

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All welcome, and feel free to bring your lunch!

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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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Tourists in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, photograph: Pieter Collet

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!

TONIGHT: Lecture: Tel Dor and Cross-Mediterranean Interactions 1400-400 BC: A Non-Braudelian Story’ – 31st May

Professor Ayelet Gilboa (Haifa University and the Tel Dor project) will give a lecture in room 612, Institute of Archaeology at 6pm today: 

Tel Dor and Cross-Mediterranean Interactions 1400-400 BC: A Non-Braudelian Story

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Sponsored by the World Archaeology Section.

Tel Dor, on Israel’s Carmel Coast, was one of the main anchorages of the Southern Levant during the Bronze and Iron Ages, and an important interface between north-south and east-west trade routes in the region. This lecture will explore the fluctuations between the site’s commercial spheres of interaction, highlighting the decisive effects of histoire événementielle, and the emergence of so-called ‘Phoenicianism’.

The project website has more details about the site and excavations.

There will be wine and nibbles afterwards. The lecture is free and no ticket is required. All welcome!

Lecture: Tel Dor and Cross-Mediterranean Interactions 1400-400 BC: A Non-Braudelian Story’ – 31st May

Next Wednesday, 31st May, Professor Ayelet Gilboa (Haifa University and the Tel Dor project) will give a lecture in room 612, Institute of Archaeology at 6pm: 

Tel Dor and Cross-Mediterranean Interactions 1400-400 BC: A Non-Braudelian Story

Gilboa lecture

Sponsored by the World Archaeology Section.

Tel Dor, on Israel’s Carmel Coast, was one of the main anchorages of the Southern Levant during the Bronze and Iron Ages, and an important interface between north-south and east-west trade routes in the region. This lecture will explore the fluctuations between the site’s commercial spheres of interaction, highlighting the decisive effects of histoire événementielle, and the emergence of so-called ‘Phoenicianism’.

The project website has more details about the site and excavations.

There will be wine and nibbles afterwards. The lecture is free and no ticket is required. All welcome!

Off the Record – Tuesday 14th March

A reminder about Tuesday’s ‘Off the Record’ seminar, which will be given by Ana Vale.

Species of spaces. Sherds and other fragments in the construction of a Chalcolithic walled enclosure, Castanheiro do Vento (NE Portugal)

Ana Vale is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology at the Centre of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences, and University of Porto, Portugal. Her research focuses on the study of Late Neolithic enclosures (mainly in the Iberian Peninsula), and brings together the study of material culture and architectural histories in order to produce an understanding of the nature and temporality of the “use” of these sites.

Tuesday 14th March 1-2pm, room 612.  All welcome, and do feel free to bring your lunch.

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Lecture: The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt – 2nd March

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This Thursday, 2nd March, Kathryn Bard (Boston University) will give a lecture in G6, Institute of Archaeology 5-6pm: 

The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

Sponsored by the World Archaeology Section.

Archaeological investigations were conducted 2001 to 2011 at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt, the site of the pharaonic harbor of Saww, by Boston University and the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” The harbor was mainly used in the 12th Dynasty by an estimated 10-15 seafaring expeditions to the southern Red Sea region. A large paleo-bay existed at the harbor ca. 6000-4000 BP, and the only substantial structures there were small stone monuments, rock-cut chambers and galleries, and possible slipways for ships. Most of the archaeological evidence consists of the remains of ephemeral activities, such as hearths for cooking; areas of cereal storage, processing and baking; fire-pits in a multi-purpose production area; and the waste from salvaged ship timbers. Abandoned artifacts include ceramics brought from the Nile Valley, cargo boxes, and ship timbers and riggings. There is also evidence (ceramic and raw materials) about where these expeditions were traveling, as well as texts that mention Punt and Bia-Punt.

All welcome!