NEAF Saturday Seminar Series | LIFE AFTER DEATH – Burial practices in the ancient Near East
Iron Maidens: Tomb 89 in Pella, Jordan
Pru Sheaves | University of Sydney
Abstract: The beginning of the Iron Age in the Levant is considered to be a dark age following the collapse of the vibrant Bronze Age empires. Researchers have generally agreed that the beginning of the Iron Age is an insular and parochial time marked by increasing patriarchy. Much of the evidence to support this position has been gathered from the very small number of cemeteries known from this period.
This talk will focus on Tomb 89 at Pella and look at who is in the tomb, what they took with them to their afterlife, and what insights this can offer into social hierarchies and beliefs systems 3000 years ago.
The Tomb of Philip II of Macedon – Or is it?
Dr John Tidmarsh | University of Sydney
Abstract: In 1977 the renowned Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos commenced excavations at the Great Tumulus, the largest of the hundreds of burial mounds that lay within the cemetery of ancient Aigai, seat and burial place of the Temenid rulers of Macedonia. Although not the only Royal Tomb uncovered by Andronikos, the two-chamber vaulted Tomb II, with its spectacular contents undisturbed (and now housed in a museum especially created within the tumulus itself) was undoubtedly one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in Greece during the twentieth century. In this talk we shall consider the finds from the other Royal Tombs within the Great Tumulus as well as those from Tomb II along with the controversy that persists over its occupants.
The seminars will be held online on Zoom
Individual lecture $20
Entire series $80
Entire series $120
For bookings, please visit: www.sydney.edu.au/arts/our- research/centres-institutes-and- groups/near-eastern- archaeology-foundation/lectures
Hosted by the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation (NEAF)