For the past few years, the news has been full of stories about the destruction of antiquities in the Middle East, particularly on the well-publicized demolition in Syria and Iraq by Daesh (AKA the Islamic State, IS, ISIS or ISIL). We will discuss the ideological and political reasons behind this destruction, and what the future may hold for the archaeology and the people of the Middle East.
Ticket cost includes a two course-lunch.
About the speaker:
Dr. Stephanie Selover is an assistant professor in archaeology in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilization department at the University of Washington. Stephanie's research interests include the cultures of prehistoric Anatolia, evidence of violence on ancient human remains, the prevalence of violence and warfare in the ancient world, and the effects of modern politics on archaeology of the Middle East. She has excavated archaeological sites in Turkey, Syria, Israel, Italy, and here in the United States.
This event is in partnership with the Rainier Club and the Public & Global Affairs Council.