Mar 30, 2020 Mar 30, 2020
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07:00PM 08:30PM CANCELED - Guest Lecture - Steven Sidebotham: Department / Organization: Middle Eastern and South Asian StudiesMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: Emory Program in Mediterranean Archaeology; Emory Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies; Emory Department of History; Georgia State University for Hellenic StudiesSpeaker/Presenter: Steven SidebothamEvent Open To: All (Public)Cost: FreeLink: http://mesas.emory.edu/home/Emory Program in Mediterranean Archaeology and GSU Center for Hellenic Studies are pleased to present: Dr. Steven Sidebotham, Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Delaware “A Cosmopolitan Entrepôt between the Desert and the Sea: Excavations at Berenike 1994-2020” Excavations at Berenike on Egypt’s Red Sea coast have unearthed a Ptolemaic-Roman port (third century BCE-sixth century CE) and a multitude of objects that highlight the site’s role as a nexus in the premodern “global” economy. Professor Steven Sidebotham, director of excavations at the site over the past twenty-five years, will offer a snapshot of excavation results, and discuss artifacts and ecofacts that showcase about eight centuries of local, regional and “international” networks linking the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and Indian Ocean worlds. Those who lived, worked and passed through Berenike were instrumental in bringing more closely together, both commercially and culturally, nodal points of trade throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. The archaeological investigations of this cosmopolitan melting pot allow us to understand better the ethnicity of those residing here, their modes of burial and religious proclivities, the food they ate, the clothes they wore, the household pets they cherished, the languages they wrote and the products they traded and used at this otherwise forlorn emporium between the desert and the sea. Additional Emory Co-Sponsors: Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies; Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies; Department of History + Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall Campus Events
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