As part of the Distinguished Virtual 研讨会 Series in Archaeological Science, the 克兰菲尔德 Forensic Institute will host Professor Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol) for a talk entitled: 

Eggstraordinary Objects: ostrich eggs as luxury items in the ancient Mediterranean

Decorated ostrich eggs were 贸易d as luxury items from the Middle East to the western Mediterranean during the second and first millennia BCE. The eggs were engraved, 画, and occasionally embellished with ivory, precious metals and faience fittings. While archaeologists note their presence as unusual vessels in funerary and dedicatory contexts, little is known about how or from where they were sourced, decorated and 贸易d. 研究ers at Bristol University, Durham University, and the British Museum have established techniques to identify where the eggs originated and how they were decorated, while researchers from Bristol, 克兰菲尔德, 根特, 鲁汶, and Newcastle Universities have assessed comparative methods to identify pigments. This talk shares the results of our study, revealing the complexity of the production, 贸易, and economic and social values of luxury organic items between competing cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. 

The event will be held via Zoom. Please register to receive the meeting details.

Who should attend

All are welcome.