The Australia Institute of Archaeology

Postal:     La Trobe University, 

               Victoria, AUSTRALIA 3086
Location:  Building TER 11, Terrace Way,

               Macleod, Vic

 

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Seminars and Events 2020
 
Lecture on 20 February 2020
Preserving immortality: Conserving a child mummy

 

Marica Mucic,

University of Melbourne

 

The Subject: In 1964 the Australian Institute of Archaeology purchased an Egyptian­ child mummy at Sotheby’s for use in its education program. Since that time the condition of the mummy has deteriorated, and its use in the program became problematic. With a grant from the Copland Foundation the child mummy has been conserved at the University of Melbourne and a display case has been constructed by Thomas Ingpen of POD Museum & Art Services. The lecture will describe the problems, procedures and achievements of the conservation process. The mummy will be displayed at the lecture.

 

The Lecturer:­ Marica has an honours degree in archaeology from La Trobe University and a master’s degree in conservation from the University of Melbourne. She has been a long-standing volunteer at the Australian Institute of Archaeology and is now employed as an Assistant Conservator by Grimwade Conservation Services where she participated in the conserving of the child mummy.

When:           5.15 pm  Thursday 20 February, 2020

Where:          Australian Institute of Archaeology, Terrace Way, Macleod

                    (La Trobe University, Building TER 11, Melways 873-4, University parking restrictions end at 5pm)

Contact:        Christopher Davey 0421 595 966

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Lecture on 19 March, 2019
 
The Lost Fortress of Umm Tawabin in Jordan Revealed

 

Alexandra Ariotti

 

The Subject: Umm Tawabin is a large fortified hilltop site overlooking the Wadi ‘Arabah and the Dead Sea in southern Jordan. The site comprises a citadel with the remains of a fort and three other buildings, a road, dam and quarry and over one hundred unusual circular stone structures, all enclosed by an extensive 2.5 km long casemate wall.Under the auspices of the Ghor as-Safi Project, with funding provided by the Palestine Exploration Fund, Alex Ariotti has surveyed and excavated Umm Tawabin since 2015. The site was part of the local Nabataean defence system between the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD and then became part of the Roman limes . Archaeological evidence suggests a much longer period of habitation from the Bronze Age through to the Islamic period. The lecture will describe Umm Tawabin’s archaeology and present the first detailed chronological sequence of the site.

 

The Lecturer:­ Alex is an independent researcher and ceramics illustrator with experience in archaeology, history, museums, tourism and hospitality. She has worked on field projects in Australia, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus and Greece, including the Tel El Ful Excavation, Israel, the Marki Alonia Excavations, Cyprus and the Zoara/Ghor as-Safi Project in Jordan, amongst others. She lives in Crete, publishes Roman and Byzantine ceramic studies and archaeological field reports, and leads the Umm Tawabin project. She is in Australia for a three-month work assignment.

When:           5.15 pm  Thursday 19 March, 2019

Where:          Australian Institute of Archaeology, Terrace Way, Macleod

                    (La Trobe University, Building TER 11, Melways 873-4, University parking restrictions end at 5pm)

Contact:        Christopher Davey 0421 595 966

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