Talking to the Ancestors: Iron Age Painted Tombs of the Wadi Draa, Morocco

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Talking to the Ancestors: Iron Age Painted Tombs of the Wadi Draa, Morocco

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A joint event with the Hellenic Society and the Roman Society

Talking to the Ancestors: Iron Age Painted Tombs of the Wadi Draa, Morocco

by Professor David Mattingly

The Iron Age peoples of the Sahara remain poorly studied archaeologically, so we have little to counteract the dismissive views of desert communities found in the ancient sources, where they tend to be characterized as barbarians and nomads. The Oasis Civilisations project in southern Morocco has been investigating the Iron Age and Medieval inhabitants of an important desert valley, the Wadi Draa. This lecture will present a stunning archaeological discovery of tombs with painted annexes, featuring both geometric designs and human figures.  These pictures open a fresh window on the late Iron Age population and their relationship with the Roman empire to their north. They allow us to compare and qualify the accounts of Greco-Roman writers so as to present a more complex and richer picture of these people, their clothing, lifestyle and beliefs. The lecture will also link to the new data to themes in my recent book on Africa in the Roman Empire.


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May 7
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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