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Archeology faculty research tea talks will be sponsored by the Archaeology Club and the Archaeology program. They take place in the Archaeology Lab, 52 McIver Building, at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

  • Jan 28: Dr. Asa Eger, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UNCG, “Was the Islamic-Byzantine Frontier a War Zone? New Evidence from the Frontier-Fortress of Hisn al-Tinat”
  • Feb. 18: Dr. Lidewijde de Jong, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, UNC Chapel Hill, “Funerary practices in Hellenistic Syria: ancient tombs and modern paradigms
  • April 15: Dr. Joanne Murphy, Assistant Professor, Classical Studies Department, UNCG, “Imports and the creation and maintenance of Pylian society: A view from the tombs”

In addition, there will be an Archaeological Institute of America Lecture, sponsored by the Archaeology Program and the AIA Greensboro Society. It will be in 101 Sullivan Science Building.

  • March 17, 8 p.m., Professor Jitse Dijkstra, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, “Scratched in Stone: The Isis Temple Graffiti Project.”

His topic? In antiquity it was common practice for visitors to leave graffiti on the walls of Egyptian temples during festivals or on other occasions. Like modern graffiti, graffiti from Egyptian temples often consist of informal writings, but unlike today these ancient graffiti have usually been incised with religious intentions. They are therefore a treasure trove for the study of the personal piety of the ordinary visitors of temples in Ancient Egypt. The temple of Isis at Aswan contains more than 300 graffiti, which give a detailed insight into the more than a thousand years the temple functioned as a religious building and how ordinary Egyptians experienced their religion.

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