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Ceramics in Afghanistan: Two Seasons of Research on the Ancient Pottery of Bactria

Thursday, December 8, 2011
12:00 AM
434 South State Street Kelsey Museum Lecture Hall Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, PhD Candidate, Interdepartmental Program in Art and Archaeology

The Bactrian mirage was dispelled over fifty years ago by the discovery of the Hellenistic city of Ai Khanoum in northeastern Afghanistan, yet secure evidence of Persian and Hellenistic occupation at Bactra, the supposed capital of Bactria, had been elusive until the French campaigns of the past ten years. This evidence is primarily ceramic and has the potential to provide a refined chronology for the region, but until 2010 had not been studied. This lecture will present the two seasons of research conducted on this pottery, both the methods used on the ancient material as well as the concerns of doing archaeology in an active war zone. Sponsored by the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology