Events » Figuring Figurines: Designing Methodolgy, Deciphering Meaning

Figuring Figurines: Designing Methodolgy, Deciphering Meaning

October 13, 2008 from 9:00am to 11:15am

Figurines appear to have been an integral part of daily life for the people of the anicent Near East as early as the Neolithic period and continued to be crafted and used for millennia. Despite this ubiquity, many crucial questions about the figurines have yet to be answered: Who or what is being represented? Why does their appearance change over time? What were their use, and what can these enigmatic objects tell us about the lives and beliefs of ancient people?

Dr. Alice Petty, post-doctoral fellow in the Humanities Stanford University, discusses the methodology used to analyze a corpus of 203 Bronze Age figurine fragments from the site of Umm el-Marra, Syria and she presents her conclusions. The lecture will take place on Monday, October 13, at 5:30 pm, in the Badè Museum on the PSR campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.