Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year. The Museum is open before and after the lectures.
There’s No Place Like Home: An Archaeology of Homemaking in Early Bronze Age Numayra, Jordan
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
Director, Expedition to the Southeastern Dead Sea Plain
Co-author, Final Report on Excavations at Numayra, Jordan (forthcoming)
Wed., March 15, 2017
Knox Room, Long Hall
Throughout time, humans have decided how, where, and what to use to build and equip their homes, influenced by their physical environments and by economic, political, and cultural networks. Excavations conducted by the Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain at Bab adh-Dhra’, Numayra, and Ras an-Numayra, provide evidence of the life and work of people who lived on the southeastern Dead Sea Plain for approximately 1500 years, adapting their lifeways to the unique environment along the Dead Sea while crafting their own version of small-scale urbanism in the region. Through the lens of homemaking, Dr. Chesson will draw on recent analyses of Numayra’s landscapes and built environments, as well as food and craft production, storage, and consumption, to reflect on the day-to-day life of the people of ancient Numayra. The excellent preservation of Numayra’s domestic spaces offers a unique opportunity to explore how people crafted houses into homes in a town occupied between 2800 and 2500 BCE.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, which exhibits artifacts from Numayra and its neighbor Bab adh- Dhra’, will be open from 6:00-7:15 p.m. and after the lecture.
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