Wednesday, November 01, 2006

UAB Anthropology Club Events, Fall 2006

The Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan, Mexico (Photo by S.Jones)

The first UAB Anthropology Club meeting was in Oct., 2006. It was hosted at the home of Dr.s S. Parcak and G. Mumford and was sponsored by UAB's Anthropology Department and the School of Social and Behavioral Science. The club is seeking to recruit new members and become officially recognized as a UAB Student Organization. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the Anthropology Department and the community. Membership is open to all UAB students, regardless of major.

Our next event will be on Thursday, Nov. 9. The Anthro Club will meet at Safari Cup Coffee in Downtown Birmingham at 5:15 pm (300 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd.). Please feel free to bring friends and family. After the meeting all are invited to stay at Safari Cup to watch the award winning documentary film BLACK GOLD check out their web site to watch a trailer and get details at:

Black Gold starts at 6 pm Thurs and costs $5 for students with student ID ($7 for all others). Buy tickets at the door, or in advance at Safari Cup. Call 326-0019 for directions or additional information. More info on the film including a description and reviews can be found at:

On Nov. 10 Anthro Club members are invited to Dr. Parcak's house to participate in reverse archaeology. Participants will help create an archaeological site alongside students and professional archaeologists. The site will be excavated the following day by Introductory Archaeology students.

A reminder: Members of the Anthropology Club and all others are invited to a free lecture by Barry Kemp of Cambridge University, to be held the evening of Nov 14th from 5:30-7pm in UAB's Bell Auditorium. Dr. Kemp is the most famous Egyptian Archaeologist in the world, and he brought Anthropology to Egyptology. The title of his lecture is: “Life and religion at the ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna.”

Amarna is famous as the city which Pharaoh Akhenaten built for the purpose of imposing his religious ideas – a form of monotheism – on the landscape and, to an uncertain extent, upon the society of his time. It gained a population of several tens of thousands of people who had to make a life in the new location and who brought with them a mindset formed before Akhenaten became king. Recent excavations have been within a set of small houses and, for the first time, in a cemetery of ordinary citizens. They contribute to a re-evaluation of the nature of Amarna as a city and to the interplay between Akhenaten’s ideas and the beliefs of his people.

Dr. Kemp is a Fellow of the British Academy and he is also the Director of the Amarna Project that incorporates the archaeological expedition of the Egypt Exploration Society, working in association with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt. He has directed fieldwork at Amarna since 1977. He is author of Ancient Egypt; anatomy of a civilization (now in its second edition) and of a series of reports and studies on Tell el-Amarna itself.

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