Carleton University’s Department of History will host the Shannon Lecture the Pathways of Pots: The Movement of Early Bronze Age Vessels from the Dead Sea Plain, Jordan presented by Morag Kersel (DePaul University).

When: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Room 2017, Dunton Tower, Carleton
This event is free and open to the public. A campus map can be found online.

Media are invited to attend the event.

How do early Bronze Age pots from sites along the Dead Sea plain in Jordan end up in Canadian institutions – and why is it important? These pots originated from the area known as the “cities of the plain” mentioned in Genesis. More than 15 years of investigation have led Kersel to interesting insights to help explain why individuals and institutions want to own artifacts from the Holy Land.

Tracing how pots move, both legally and illegally, involves archaeological survey, aerial investigations, archival research and ethnographic interviews in order to understand the competing claims for these archaeological objects and the often harmful effects of demand on the landscape.

In this talk, Kersel will look at how artifacts go from the mound to the market to the mantelpiece or museum vitrine and why this matters.

This lecture is co-presented with the support of the College of the Humanities.

About the Shannon Lecture Series

The 2018 Shannon Lecture series examines “bad archaeology” – what happens when the practice of archaeology is done in bad faith? Modern archaeology emerged from a colonialist setting where the heroic lone (male) adventure wrestled knowledge in exotic (to him) places. In many ways, the field has never shed that association and the promise of adventure and heroism. The 2018 series of lectures will explore some of the ways “bad archaeology” has meaningful consequences – especially in the Canadian context. By understanding “bad” archaeology, we may begin to understand the power of “good” archaeology for our present day and age.

The Shannon Lecture series is made possible by the Shannon Fund, an endowment created by Lois May Long, who was a friend of the Carleton History Department and longtime support for both students and faculty.

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