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May 2019

Research Focus Group Talk: The Dirt on Rubbish: What Discard Tells us about Home Life in Roman Egypt
Anna Lucille Boozer

May 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This paper explores activities of cleaning and disposing because they represent key principles of social organization. Close attention to discard behavior helps us to understand how people related to the material goods and places that once made up their object worlds – their material habitus (c.f. Meskell, 2005: 3). Human relationships to defilement, in particular, must be seen in in the context of how human identity as a rational being is established and maintained (Kristeva, 1982; Lagerspetz 2018). Unlike other social practices in the life history of settlements, rubbish disposal represents a critical component of the archaeological record (Rathje & Murphy, 2001). In this paper, I argue that a close examination of rubbish and waste depositions, along with the discarded items themselves, might be able to tell us about social values in the houses of Roman Egypt. Additionally, activities such

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Research Focus Group Talk: Mediterranean Pathways: GIS, Network Analysis, and the Ancient World
Ryan Horne

May 20, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

We live in a world of maps and networks. GPS enabled phones allow us to instantly locate ourselves on the earth’s surface, guide us to stores or restaurants, or announce to the world our location through social media. Likewise, programs like Google Earth and desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized our engagement with maps, map-making, and have challenged traditional notions of space and place. The proliferation of GIS technologies and the “spatial turn” in digital humanities has also provided new avenues for challenging assumptions about the representations of past societies, the nature of empire, and the reach of imperial power. Despite their aesthetic beauty, traditional print maps, with clearly delineated static borders, often artificial naming conventions, and fixed viewpoints do not convey the complexity and uncertainty of the past. Ancient societies and empires were far from static; they were

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December 2019

Research Focus Group Symposium: Ancient Archives and Public History: Dispatches from the Papyrological Lost and Found
Roberta Mazza and Anna Uhlig

December 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna Street

Book of the Dead of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes), ca. 332-200 B.C. From the poetry of Sappho to the New Testament, texts written on papyrus have been preserved for millennia by arid conditions in Egypt, excavated, and collected in archives. This timely colloquium examines the legal and ethical problems surrounding these papyrological archives. Roberta Mazza will tell the story of how ancient papyri of unknown provenance were acquired by the Museum of the Bible and are now at the center of a scandal and police investigation. Anna Uhlig will discuss how Egyptian mummies have been destroyed in the quest to "recover" ancient texts and how we can use the Tebtunis archive at UC Berkeley to honor the "missing mummies" lost to us in the name of scholarship. Roberta Mazza is Lecturer in Greco-Roman Material Culture at the University

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February 2020

Research Focus Group Talk: Voices of Ancient Palmyra: Reflections
Carly Maris

February 27, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6056 HSSB, 6056 HSSB. UC Santa Barbara

“Voices of Ancient Palmyra” began as an online public humanities project that explored how different publics engaged with ancient history and the destruction of ancient objects. The original goal was to encourage people of all ages and education levels to artistically rewrite words from ancient Palmyrene inscriptions, while learning about the history of the site. Artistic recreations were then uploaded to the website and social media. The project became a museum exhibition at the Fullerton Museum of Art at CSU San Bernardino, for which local artists created pieces that engaged with and reacted to ancient inscriptions. The project had three different phases or iterations: the digital exhibition, the physical art exhibition, and the immersive experience. Each phase had unique complications that arose in the process of bringing various publics, the museum, and the academy into conversation. In “Reflections” Maris explores

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