CALGARY CHAPTER Lecture
Friday, February 3, 2017 7pm
“Update on the Neolithic Sheikh Muftah Culture of Dakhleh Oasis and its Mysterious Clayton Rings, and New Insights into Desert Travel in Early Pharaonic Times”
Prof. Mary McDonald, University of Calgary
Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2
Location: Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.
Description: The Sheikh Muftah is a late Neolithic cultural group that occupied Dakhleh Oasis in the Egyptian Western Desert ca. 4000-2200 BC, overlapping in time with the Old Kingdomites from the Nile Valley who colonized the oasis starting about 2600 BC. We of the Dakhleh Oasis Project (DOP) describe the Sheikh Muftah as nomadic pastoralists (raising cattle and goats) confined to the wettest parts of the oasis at a time when the surrounding desert was becoming hyperarid. This picture of exclusively oasis-bound herders had to be modified however as a result of new fieldwork conducted by the ACACIA archaeological project from Germany. ACACIA archaeologists work in the desert beyond the oases, and are particularly interested in tracing the network of roads left by ancient travelers crossing the desert. ACACIA found caches of Clayton rings, strange artifacts made by Sheikh Muftah people, distributed far and wide across the Western Desert. They have also discovered well-marked paths left by Old Kingdom expeditions travelling southwestward from Dakhleh Oasis. ACACIA is able to show that Sheikh Muftah travelers and Old Kingdom travelers used very different methods of navigating their way across the empty desert.
About the speaker: Mary McDonald (PhD Toronto) is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology and Archaeology Department at the University of Calgary. She conducts fieldwork in Dakhleh and Kharga, two large oases in the Egyptian Western Desert. She focuses on Early to Mid-Holocene material (ca. 10,000 to 2200 BC), at a time when wandering hunter-gatherer groups were gradually settling down and turning to agriculture (mostly herding cattle and goats). Other areas of interest include the beginnings of agriculture in the Near East, and the Prehistory of Africa.
More information here: http://www.calgaryssea.ca/lecture-update-on-the-neolithic-sheikh-muftah-culture-of-dakhleh-oasis/
MONTREAL CHAPTER Conférence
Vendredi 10 février à 17h
à la Maison de l’Afrique Montréal
“L’univers de l’enfance en Égypte ancienne, entre insouciance et responsabilité.”
par Dr Jean Revez, Professeur titulaire, Département d’histoire de l’UQAM
La conférence sera suivie de notre Souper bénéfice annuel à 18h30
sous le thème Plaisir et jeux d’enfant
Tarif : 25$ par personne (membre et non-membre)
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VANCOUVER CHAPTER Lecture
Thursday, February 16, 7pm
“Un-buried Treasure: Current issues of looting, antiquities trafficking, and the destruction of cultural heritage”
Prof. Christine Johnston, Western Washington University
LOCATION: SFU Vancouver Campus. Harbour Centre Room 1425
WHEN: Thursday, February 16. Doors open at 7, Event starts at 7:10
Free to SSEA Members / SFU Students. Regular Admission Price: $5; University Student (outside SFU): $2
DESCRIPTION: The modern climate of regional political instability across the Eastern Mediterranean has led to considerable damage to archaeological sites and monuments, with looted objects often used as a lucrative source of income for insurgent and terrorist organizations. Industry and political institutions are increasingly seeking to alleviate threats to cultural and archaeological heritage through both legislation and the adoption of ‘best practices’ policies. As monuments and sites across the world continues to fall victim to political unrest and ideological agendas, the archaeological community is acutely aware of its role as stewards of the past and its material. The recent desecration of historic monuments has elicited international public outcry, and highlighted the need for cooperation and transparency in the shared responsibility for the protection of cultural heritage. In this lecture we will explore the state of looting and monument destruction in Egypt and the neighbouring regions of the Near East, as well as recent developments in international law and industry policies on traded and trafficked antiquities.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Christine Johnston is a current Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Western Washington University, and a recent graduate of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Greece, Egypt, and the Near East, with a special interest in economic exchange and interaction between different regions of the Mediterranean. Her current research focuses on the network of Cypriot and Aegean pottery exchange of the Late Bronze Age, with a particular focus on the intermediary communities strategically located to facilitate trade.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/256964948068829/
TORONTO CHAPTER has no events in February