6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A former artist and journalist, Catherine has a doctorate in classical archaeology from Oxford university and currently lectures at Durham university
Her research focus is on the neighbours of the Greeks in Anatolia (modern Turkey) and how to use their art and architecture to understand a place that was historically significant, but lacking in written records.
This talk will take people through the author’s research on tombs in the region now known as Turkey, showing the great variety of memorials that existed, problematic cases and new interpretations, and how tying together overall patterns of representation can reveal dynamics that would not otherwise be noticed.
It will focus on ancient Western Anatolia or Asia Minor, now western Turkey—a rich area that the Persians conquered early and which became a major staging ground for the Greco-Persian wars.
While written sources are scarce, the area is well-known for its tombs, which flourished after the Persian conquest, and some of which carry rich memorial art. The talk will show how this art evinces social and cultural identities that emerged as people who were in many ways related to their Greek neighbors variously positioned themselves within a new Persian Empire.
Why is Archaeology so white? and what can we do about it.
Archaeology has traditionally been a subject in which black and minority ethnic communities are poorly represented among students, academic staff and field professionals. Hypothetically, this is due to institutionalised ideas about what archaeologists study.
Catherine will present some background information on statistics, current debates and problems, and opening the floor to attendees to share their experiences, views of archaeology and ideas for change.