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Dogs from Sitio Conte, Panama: Finding the Story Behind the Bling
Saturday, 13 December 2014
1:30 PM
Katherine Moore, Penn Museum
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
The site of Sitio Conte in western Panama is famous for its chiefly tombs dating from the period A.D. 450-900. The imagery from the burial offerings show fabulous animals in beautiful designs on ceramic vessels and gold plaques. The offerings also include remarkable richness in animal bones, teeth, and other "scary" parts of animals such as sharks and rays. As part of an upcoming exhibit at the Penn Museum: Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama, the animal remains from Burial groups 11 and 12 were reexamined for the first time since they were excavated in the 1940s. Dr Moore will examine the relationship between dogs and people at this time, and ask it what would take to produce this piece of jewelry and what it might have meant.


Rethinking the Plague of Cyprian: Pandemics and Passages to Late Antiquity
Sunday, 14 December 2014
1:30 PM
Kyle Harper, University of Oklahoma
Dickenson Hall 211, Princeton University


Metal, Salt, and Horse Skulls: Elite-level Exchange and Movement in Prehistoric Southwest China
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
6:00 PM
Anke Hein, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
ISAW Second Floor Lecture Hall, 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
This lecture is free and open to the public; seating is on a first-come, first served basis.