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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The 2022 lecture series will be presented in-person at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, and online via Zoom. Please note those attending in person will require vaccination certificates to enter the facility.
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Next Presentations: Thursday 15th of September, 2022, @ 6.30pm

The expedition of Hamilcar Barca and the Carthaginian hegemony in the Iberian peninsula, 237-218 BC

Presented by David Feeney
PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.

Weakened by the First Punic War (264-241 BC) and the Mercenary War (240-237 BC), the republic of Carthage dispatched a military expedition to Hispania to undertake a war of conquest. This Carthaginian imperialist project was commanded by Hamilcar Barca until his death in 229, at which point command fell to his son-in-law Hasdrubal (229-221) and then later his eldest son Hannibal Barca (221-218?). In this brief period the Carthaginian state established an imperial territory in Hispania, and rebuilt its position as a first-rate Mediterranean power. Roman anxiety concerning Carthaginian success in Hispania would ultimately trigger the Second Punic War in 218 BC.
A reassessment of the literary sources together with analysis of the relevant archaeological and numismatic evidence is used to build an integrated, diachronic narrative of the Carthaginian conquests in Hispania. This study examines the Phoenician/Punic presence in Hispania prior to 237, the polities and societies encountered by Hamilcar Barca and his successors, the conquest and (re)organisation of the subject territories, and related issues around urbanisation, settlement, immigration, Hellenization and ‘Punicisation’. The work considers longstanding controversies such as the location of the first Barcid foundation Akra Leuke, the ideology and iconography of Carthaginian coins minted in Hispania, and ancient geographical confusions (i.e., Livy versus Strabo concerning the location of the pre-Roman Turdetani).
The Carthaginian project in Hispania was influenced, even modelled, on the Hellenistic monarchies of the period. However, Carthaginian expansion in Hispania was an undertaking of the state. The family of Hamilcar Barca certainly aimed to accumulate the prestige, power and wealth with which to dominate the factional politics of the Carthaginian republic, but this should not be understood to mean that the Barcids established themselves as pseudo-monarchs in a province that was autonomous from their home government.

David has previously studied at both the University of Melbourne and Monash completing a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy and Management. He spent many years working for the Labour Party and the TWU before becoming a Federal Senator and later a member of the House of Representatives. In 2018 he resigned from the House of Representatives and in October 2021 became a Senior Fellow of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and has been appointed to the Victorian Defence Council and the advisory board of NIOA. David is now studying for a PhD in ancient history and archaeology at the University of Melbourne.

Virtual Representation of Heritage: The Hellenic Museum Digitization Project, the Mernda VR Project, Sacrifice, and 3D models of university collections.

Presented by Tom Keep
PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.

Digitization and virtual representations of museum collections, archaeological sites, and other heritage materials have become widespread with the rise of high-powered computing, travel restrictions, and growing public interest in virtual reality. Archaeologists now commonly undertake photogrammetric modelling of ongoing excavations as a mode of study and dissemination; curators have begun to contemplate the notion of ‘digital repatriation’ in response to burgeoning public and academic calls for decolonization; and conservators are exploring digitization as a means of preserving a visual record of degrading or destroyed heritage. These issues will be discussed in relation to the 3D modelling work undertaken by Tom Keep for the Hellenic Museum, Heritage Victoria, The Sacrifice art project, and the University of Melbourne.

Tom Keep is an archaeologist, photogrammetrist, and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. He is researching the implications of digitization and virtual representations of rural archaeological heritage, with a particular interest in how or whether virtual reality displays of hypothetical reconstructions of archaeological sites can be used to foster greater public interest and comprehension of rural heritage, which is often left underfunded, uninterpreted, and obscured despite its tremendous historical significance.


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