Lectures – Forthcoming

MONDAY 1st DECEMBER 2014

DR ILARIA BULTRIGHINI

 (University College, London)

     CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH TOMBSTONES FROM ANCIENT ZOARA/ZOORA

6.00 pm Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34  Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Madeba Map

Section of the Madaba map mosaic (6th cent. CE), showing the site of Zoara/Zoora on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea

The biblical town of Zoar, referred to as Zoora in a 6th- century CE map, is located near modern Ghor es-Safi, by the southeastern shore of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Regular and illegal archeological excavations which took place in the 1980s and 1990s on the site brought to light an impressive number of Greek and Aramaic stone epitaphs dating to the 4th–6th centuries CE. Gravestones inscribed in Greek belong to Christian burials, while the fewer stones inscribed in Aramaic can be attributed to Jewish burials. This is a major discovery, not only because these texts are of exceptional quality and unusual character, but also for their sheer number: the corpus of newly-discovered epitaphs from Zoara/Zoora comprises 386 Greek and ca. 50 Aramaic inscriptions, more than can be found in most of the cities or towns in the Roman Near East.

Dr. Bultrighini studied Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Urbino and at Sapienza University of Rome, and received her PhD from G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara. In 2012/2013 she was a joint fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University) and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Berlin), before joining the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL in September 2013, where she is research associate in Ancient History and works as a member of a team on the ERC-funded project Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, directed by Professor Sacha Stern.  

   (Organised jointly with the Institute of Jewish Studies)


MONDAY 19th JANUARY 2015

DR RUPERT CHAPMAN

(British Museum)

The Richard Barnett Annual Memorial Lecture

AHAB’S IVORY HOUSE: WHEN WAS IT DESTROYED?

6.00  – Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London WC1H OPY

(Organised jointly with the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)


MONDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2015

DR ADI KEINAN-SCHOONBAERT

(University College London)

ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE WEST BANK: A VIEW ON ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN DOCUMENTATION

6.00 pm – Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London WC1H OPY

(Organised jointly with the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)


THURSDAY 12th MARCH 2015

JEFFREY BLAKELY

(University of Wisconsin)

REFLECTIONS ON THE CHANGING INTERPRETATIONS OF TELL EL-HESI AND ITS ENVIRONS: 1838-2015

4.00 pm in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum.

(Organised jointly with the Palestine Exploration Fund)

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