Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year. The Museum is open before and after the lectures.
Recovering the History of Florence, Layer by Layer
Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
Wed., April 19, 2017
Knox Room, Long Hall
Professor Franklin Toker, well-known to Pittsburghers for his work on the architecture of the city and region, will discuss excavations he conducted from 1969 to 1980 under and around the Florence Duomo and Baptistry, landmarks of medieval Italian architecture. The excavations and his subsequent research in the documentary and visual history of Florence have illuminated the architectural and social history of Santa Reparata, the original cathedral on the site, and established its role as the center of an ecclesiastical complex with significant physical, social, and spiritual impact on medieval Florence.
Professor Toker’s work has resulted in the publication of two of an eventual four volumes: On Holy Ground, Architecture and Urbanism in the Cathedral and Streets of Medieval Florence, followed by a comprehensive excavation report, praised for both its attention to detail and its scope: ". . . the particulars of medieval iconographic analysis weave into the intricacies of identifying Roman graffiti, appraising pottery or numismatic evidence, understanding architecture, even dating human remains . . . Toker has digested this material with rigor, candor, insight, and sensitivity"(Felicity Harley-McGowan, College Art Association Reviews, Feb. 6, 2014).
The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology will be open from 6:00-7:15 p.m. and after the lecture.
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During one such recent lecture, Richard Talbert, William Rand Kenan professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, discussed "The Magnificent Peutinger Map: Roman Cartography at its Most Creative." Listen to the lecture.
When space is available, archaeology courses at PTS may be audited through the Registrar's Office. Because PTS courses are graduate level, a four year college degree is normally a prerequisite. Check the list of upcoming available courses.