The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the The Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre – 251 Faraday St, Carlton.
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**Notice: regular AASV lectures will proceed online via Zoom for the time being while in-person lectures at the KSLCC are suspended.

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AASV has been advised by the KSLCC in Carlton that new COVID restrictions mean that, while they can reopen their venues to the public at limit of 1 person/2m², this is only as long as they have a COVID Check-in Marshal. They can only appoint a COVID Check-in Marshal during Library business hours, so they are only reopening the spaces to bookings within opening times. The spaces will remain closed to all after-hours bookings, which unfortunately includes AASV.

Next Online Lecture: Thursday 16th of September, 2021, @ 6.30pm

Cracking the Philistine Ritual Code: Revisiting Ritual Architecture of the Southern Levant

Presented by Madaline Harris-Schober
PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne & Ludwig Maximillian Universität München

The lack of universal definition and methodology for the identification of cult and ritual practices in the archaeological record has led to the misidentification of Philistine ritual buildings. The future of understanding Philistine ritual and cult lies deep in comparative analysis; therefore, this thesis and its associated research aims to synthesise and critically analyse past studies with the goal of creating a new methodology that can be applied directly to our understanding of the Philistines. It is now time for archaeologists to further consider Cypriot, Anatolian and Sardinian connections with the Sea Peoples in order to understand the worlds from which this group came and the memory they brought with them to the Southern Levant. Recent excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Nahal Patish and Yavneh have shed new light on Philistine ritual and cult practises, further illuminating these interregional connections and local ritual patterns. Whilst it is apparent that research surrounding the Philistines has gained popularity over the past decade, there has been no attempt at creating a corpus of Philistine ritual architecture, material culture and practice utilizing available new data and comparative approaches. This presentation will summarise the current development of this corpus and PhD thesis and present aspects of this new research development.

Madaline is an Archaeologist and dual PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and Ludwig Maximillian Universität München researching Philistine ritual architecture and its wider connections. Madaline is part of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project (JVRP) and most recently worked at the Roman Legionary Base of Legio in 2019. Maddi has previously worked on the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project (Bar Ilan University) and Tell Akko ‘Total Archaeology’ (University of Pennsylvania). Her main research interests include ancient ritual, archaeological reconstruction, Bronze and Iron Age architecture and interpretive archaeology. 

Great Galloping Griffins: a spatial analysis of griffin objects in the Late Bronze Age east Mediterranean

Presented by Emily Simons
PhD Candidate, Department of Classics and Archaeology, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne

Griffins, mythical creatures composed of the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, became increasingly popular motifs during the Late Bronze Age (LBA) c. 1600 – 1150 BCE, amongst several east-Mediterranean states. They emerged in their hundreds, flying forth across the seas and the lands, spreading messages, stories, and intent. They appeared written large upon walls, in paint and in stone; they surfaced as diminutives, images etched into carnelian, agate, and jasper; they were moulded with precious metals and carved in ivory. Yet, despite this richness, griffins were solitary creatures, largely seated alone. They rarely associated with humans or human-like (divine?) figures, engaging in the occasional hunt as either predator or prey. Through presenting the spatial distribution of griffins during this period, it is possible to see patterns in use and depiction that can support new interpretations of meaning.

Emily is in the midst of PhD research at the University of Melbourne. She is interested in how people perceive and use objects and materials. She has worked in the heritage industry with a strong focus on public engagement. For no particular reason, she is fascinated with Late Bronze Age eastern Aegean materials and style.



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