International Archaeology Day Lecture- Dr. Morag Kersel
Guest lecture for World Anthropology Day Dr. Morag Kersel.
The W(hole) Story of Looting, Loss, and Landscape at an Early Bronze Age site in Jordan
Early Bronze Age (3200-2000 BCE) sites in Jordan are threatened by illegal excavations carried out by looters in search of artifacts for the worldwide antiquities market. Looting has resulted in thousands of holes at sites along the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan and a flawed understanding of the archaeology of this region. A holistic research approach, which includes archaeological investigations, archival documents, interviews, and aerial surveys using drones, provides valuable insights into looting, loss, and landscape.
Morag M. Kersel is an archaeologist with a doctorate from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a master of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age of the eastern Mediterranean and Levant, cultural heritage protection, the built environment, object biographies, museums, and archaeological tourism. Her work combines archaeological, archival and oral history research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes from looting. Currently she is co-director of the Galilee Prehistory Project and the Follow the Pots Project – tracing the movement of Early Bronze Age pots from the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan. Professor Kersel is the director of the Museum Studies Minor and teaches many of the courses in that program.
Thursday, October 17 at 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Shriver Center, John E. Dolibois sections BC
701 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056