In parallel with the exhibition From the Ground Up, a panel of speakers present case studies from the ancient world which illustrate how material culture can be used to reconstruct an understanding of society.
Matthew Gordon (Department of History, Miami University).
Darlene Brooks Hedstrom (Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University; Miami University PhD ‘01): A Fragment of Monastic Life: Recycling and the Long Life of a Storage Vessel in Egyptian Monastic Communities.
Steven Tuck (Department of History, Miami University): A Table Amphora, Roman Names, and Tracing the Rise and Relocation of a Roman Business.
Jack Green (Art Museum, Miami University): Exploring the Production and Context of an Egyptian-Type Vessel from Bronze Age Jordan
The program is made possible by the generous support of the Sweptson Fund (Miami University College of Arts and Sciences), the Middle East, Jewish, and Islamic Studies Minor (MEJIS), and is jointly coordinated by the Art Museum and the Department of History at Miami University.