Symposium: Syria - Ancient history - modern conflict

Every day, until 13th Aug 2017
9:30am - 5pm

Forum Theatre, Arts West , University of Melbourne

Join us for an illuminating symposium looking at the University’s past research projects in Syria and the contribution they have made to our understanding of the archaeology of this historically important area, while suggesting new methods of object-based research and preservation.

The symposium for Syria: Ancient history – modern conflict expands on the eponymous exhibition, exploring Australian archaeological work in Syria across three decades. These excavations, and the materials they uncovered, will be presented within the framework of Syria’s current heritage crisis. The symposium will cover the various aspects of site analysis and management, touching on key issues like the politics of mapping archaeological landscapes and excavating sustainably. By bringing in experts from across the discipline we aim to show the wealth of knowledge that excavations in Syria have procured about the history of the region, as well as shedding some light on the process of archaeology and how it can aid in the current conflict. View full two day program (pdf).

Free event. Further information.

Image: Andrew Jamieson, Monumental Arch Palmyra, 1989. Private collection