Watch and Review: Shields from Iron Age Britain – Art, Violence and the Body | 17/10/2019 | Matt Hitchcock

On the 17th of October 2019, I had the pleasure of watching Matt Hitchcock (@ArchaeologyMatt) deliver a paper on his PhD topic, this is a review of that presentation. This paper dealt with an extremely interesting topic, though one I wasn’t familiar with. Iron Age Britain was a place where style mattered, and amongst the … Continue reading Watch and Review: Shields from Iron Age Britain – Art, Violence and the Body | 17/10/2019 | Matt Hitchcock

Watch and Review – Dr Gil Stein | Sweet Honey in the Rocks: Bees, Beekeeping and Honey in the Ancient Near East (2016)

The talk can be accessed from the Oriental Institutes YouTube page here.  Stein’s talk had the aim of filling a gap in the knowledge of the Near East and Egypt, as honey is the most cited ingredient in ancient medical texts, but little has been written about bees and beekeeping. His talk was split into … Continue reading Watch and Review – Dr Gil Stein | Sweet Honey in the Rocks: Bees, Beekeeping and Honey in the Ancient Near East (2016)

Read and Review – Thrace, control and social complexity

Having nearly completed my Egyptian Module, I have discovered I really enjoy the 'Read and Review' format. So, as part of my mini-dissertation provisionally entitled, 'How did the Odrysian Kingdom use its physical and cultural geography to maintain control of its subjects during the reigns of Sitalkes and Seuthes (431-407)?', I had to complete a literature … Continue reading Read and Review – Thrace, control and social complexity

Read and Review – Dr Katharina Zinn | Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt (2018)

For this week’s task I have to review Katharina Zinn’s article ‘Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt: orality and literacy between agency and memory (2018)’ in 250 words. I include her abstract below: “The article presents a new conceptual framework for understanding literacy in ancient civilisations to conceptualise ‘literacy’ more broadly as a cultural and social practice. … Continue reading Read and Review – Dr Katharina Zinn | Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt (2018)

Watch and Review – Dr Susanne Paulus | Debts, Crime, and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia CA. 1200 BC

This next task was to review a lecture given by Dr Susanne Paulus, given at the Oriental Institute of Chicago in April 2018. The subject of this lecture is the side of the ancient world that is often obscured from us, the dark backstreet deals, the crimes and the punishments. Paulus’ aim is to open … Continue reading Watch and Review – Dr Susanne Paulus | Debts, Crime, and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia CA. 1200 BC