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AIA Talk: Romans in North Africa, 4 April 2011

Dr. Naomi J. Norman is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor as well as the head of her department. At the same time Dr. Norman is the Editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Archaeology and the Director of the UGA Reacting to the Past Program. In addition to these demanding responsibilities,since 1982 she has been directing a variety of excavations at the ancient site of Carthage, Tunisia. The southwest quadrant of the urban area where she has conducted the majority of her fieldwork is the site of the Roman circus and amphitheater.  She has also worked extensively on cemetery sites and in particular the Yasmina Necropolis with its wealth of finds including sculpture, inscriptions, coins, curse tablets, inhumations and cremations that are yielding interesting new interpretations of social and religious structures in Carthage over time. She has published articles on curse tablets from the circus as well as the death and burial of children. With her extensive knowledge of Carthage, Dr. Norman is currently working on a book presenting an overview of the city incorporating evidence from recent archaeological fieldwork.  

Worshipping Jupiter, Juno and Minerva in Roman North Africa
Wilson Hall 168, UAH--2:20 PM

From Sea to Sahara:  The Romans in North Africa
Wilson Hall Theatre, UAH--7:30 PM  


AIA Talk: Irish Leprosy Hospitals Thursday 10 March

Forensic archaeologist Dr. Rachel Scott of Arizona State University will be coming to Huntsville to share her knowledge about the experience of lepers in medieval Ireland, looking both at how they lived and how they died. 

Dr. Rachel Scott received a Higher Diploma in Celtic Archaeology from University College Dublin. Upon her return to the states she completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Scott specializes in bioarchaeology and has done field work in Spain, France and Iceland along with her work in Ireland. Her research interests include social identity, especially gender identity and religious identity, as well as social constructions of disease and disability. Another of her specialties is mortuary practice about which she has a contribution in the forthcoming anthology Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death.

Thursday, March 10
Dr. Rachel Scott
Arizona State University
Lepers and Leper Hospitals in Late Medieval Ireland
7:30 PM
Wilson Hall Theatre (not Chan!)