Dr. Maura Heyn spoke in a symposium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 23. Her talk was “Embodied Identities in the Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra.” Details are at www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-speaks/symposia/palmyra. The Palmyrene funerary sculpture that is accessible to the public today is for the most part displayed in museums, divorced from its original context in the tombs surrounding the ancient city of Palmyra, she explained in her talk. Even in antiquity the portraits were separated from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city, in their places sealing off the burial niches inside the tombs on the periphery of the city.
She is an associate professor in Classical Studies, and director of the UNCG Archaeology Program.