Dr. Morag Kersel, 2018 Joukowsky (AIA) Lecture

Dr. Morag Kersel, 2018 Joukowsky (AIA) Lecture
Who Owns the Past? Competing Claims for Antiquities from the Holy Land
Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Rhoades Robinson Hall 125
Free and Open to the Public

Archaological images from Follow the Pots Project in Jordan

Our first lecture this fall, the Curtis Holliday memorial lecture and Joukowsky lecture, will be delivered by Dr. Morag Kersel, Department of Anthropology at DePaul University. Who Owns the Past? Competing Claims for Antiquities from the Holy Land, will look at what happens to artifacts from the Holy Land. As artifacts travel from the mound to the marketplace, recent research has shown that there are varied buyers with competing claims in the legal antiquities trade.  In Israel it is legal to buy and sell artifacts from legally sanctioned dealers, if the collections pre-date the 1978 national ownership law—however, not all aspects of this trade are legal and some items for sale may or may not have a complete or pristine ownership history.  Critical to understanding this antiquities market and the individuals involved is the recognition of a common desire – everyone wants to own a piece of the Holy Land (modern Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories).  In her lecture, Dr. Morag Kersel will provide insights on why there is demand for material from the Holy Land and what motivates collectors, both individual and institutional.  This interdisciplinary investigation examines the relationship between the demand for Holy Land artifacts and the competing claims to owning the past.

Dr. Morag Kersel holds her degrees from Cambridge University (PhD), the University of Georgia (MHP), the University of Toronto (MA) and Queen’s University (BAH).  Her areas of specialization are Eastern Mediterranean and Levantine Prehistory, cultural heritage protection and policy (trade in antiquities, museum practice, and archaeological ethics), and archaeological field school teaching methods.  She is co-director of both the Following the Pots Project in Jordan and the Galilee Prehistory Project in Israel.  The talk will take place on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. on the UNC Ashevile campus in Rhoades-Robinson 125 (on the quad). See map: https://maps.unca.edu

Dr. Kersel will be giving a Joukowsky Lecture, named for Martha Sharp Joukowsky, past President of the Archaeological Institute of America and Professor of Old World Archaeology at Brown University. The Joukowsky Lectureship is part of the AIA’s National Lecture Program.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Departments of Art and Art History and Classics.

Contact: Laurel Taylor, President, Archaeological Institute of America Western NC Society for more information. Dr. Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Classics (ltaylor@unca.edu)