Lectures – Forthcoming

THURSDAY 19th OCTOBER 2017

DR. RACHAEL SPARKS

(University College London, UCL)

ADVENTURES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: FLINDERS PETRIE AT THE ‘MOUND OF THE CALVES’

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

Tell el-'Ajjul
Tell el-‘Ajjul, some of Petrie’s workers pose in the ruins of the Canaanite city (courtesy of the UCL Institute of Archaeology Collections).

The lecture will explore the history and fortunes of Tell el-‘Ajjul, a small site that was once home to a bustling Bronze Age port, with densely packed mudbrick houses and a thriving Canaanite community. Later eclipsed by Gaza to the north, the site went into in decline, and was relatively unknown until Flinders Petrie’s five seasons of work there. We shall see how his discoveries changed the understanding of ancient Canaan.

Dr Rachael Sparks is Senior Lecturer and Keeper of Collections at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. As Curator of the Petrie Palestinian Collection there, she catalogued the material from Flinders Petrie’s excavations in British Mandate Palestine. She has worked on ethnographic material from the southern Sudan at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and on numerous excavations in the Middle East, including Pella, Teleilat Ghassul, Gharandal and Petra.

(Organised jointly with The Institute of Archaeology, UCL)


WEDNESDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2017

DR LINDSEY TAYLOR-GUTHARTZ

(London School of Jewish Studies)

FAKES, FRAUDS & FANATICS:
THE SEAMY SIDE OF BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

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

One of Moses Shapira’s ‘Moabite’ forgeries (courtesy of the Palestine Exploration Fund)

The stakes are so high in biblical archaeology that it’s no wonder that there have been many fakes, forgeries, and questionable incidents along the way. We’ll look at some of them, from the notorious Shapira affair in the nineteenth century to modern examples, and ask whether amateurs or professionals should ‘own’ Biblical archaeology.

Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz is a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, and an occasional lecturer at SOAS, Cambridge University, and Kings College London, as well as editing books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. For her PhD at UCL she investigated the religious lives of Orthodox Jewish women in contemporary London, after gaining a BA in Archaeology from Cambridge and an MA in Prehistory from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is involved in interfaith activities.

A joint lecture with the Institute of Jewish Studies.


TUESDAY 5th DECEMBER 2017

DR KEN DARK

(University of Reading)

SATELLITES OVER THE SEA: REINTERPRETING ROMAN & BYZANTINE LANDSCAPES AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE

6.30pm–Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Strand Building, King’s College, London WC1H OPY

A Roman-period architectural fragment from the modern village of Migdal (Image courtesy of Ken Dark)

This lecture will discuss recent work by the ‘Sea of Galilee Project. The Project builds on previous site-specific research around the lake, adopting a new perspective on the Roman-period and Byzantine archaeology of the area that is based on the methods of landscape archaeology. It seeks to understand the extent to which specialised fishing formed the mainstay of local Roman-period economic activity and to investigate the social and economic consequences of this and of Christian pilgrimage in the fourth- to seventh- centuries.

Ken Dark is Associate Professor in Archaeology and History at Reading University, where he was Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, 2001-16. He has directed archaeological fieldwork projects in Israel, Turkey and Britain, and he has published widely on Roman-period and Byzantine archaeology.

Organised jointly with King’s College, London

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