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AIA National Lecture by Andrea Berlin

AIA National Lecture by Andrea Berlin

A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews in the Land Beyond the River

Recently completed excavations at Tel Kedesh, the largest mound in Israel's Upper Galilee, have brought to light an enormous, and heretofore unknown, commercial and administrative building, first constructed in the later sixth century BCE and used for the next 350 years. During this time, the region was under the control of three different imperial regimes: the Achaemenid Persians; the Ptolemies of Egypt; and the Seleucids of Syria. In each period, the large complex at Kedesh provided a stage for interactions between imperial powers, provincial administrators, and local elites. Our discoveries include glass and stone seals that show the Phoenician embrace of Persian styles; store rooms with jars containing an experimental strain of wheat; reception rooms and dishes reflecting rural knowledge of cosmopolitan lifestyles; an archive with over 2000 clay bullae depicting Greek and Phoenician deities as well as symbols and images used by elite individuals; and an enormous, solid gold coin – the largest and earliest ever found in Israel – whose appearance at Kedesh allows us a bird’s-eye view of power diplomacy in the early second century BCE. Both Phoenicians and Jews had starring roles in the life of the administrative building at Kedesh, and this lecture brings their character and interactions to life.

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Time and Place
March 26, 2019, 6:00 pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, G22 232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850