Archaeology at the ROM
Archaeologists from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations had a busy month working at a number of events at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). PhD candidates Dominique Langis-Barsetti and Aleksandra Ksiezak recently showcased projects related to their doctoral dissertations to interested patrons at the ROM Friday Night Live event. Dominique discussed the Kerkenes Project in Central Anatolia while Aleksandra described her research from the Tell el-Maskhuta/Wadi Tumilat Project in the Eastern Egyptian Delta. Stanley Klassen (NMC Archaeology Lab Collections Manager/Lab Technician) also highlighted three NMC projects: the Gezer Gate Project at Tel Gezer, Israel, the Tall Madaba Archaeological Project in Jordan, and the Tell Tayinat Archaeological Project in Turkey.
Dominque, Aleksandra, and Stanley also represented CRANE (Computational Research on the Ancient Near East) at a recent event held at the ROM. CRANE is a SSHRC funded international collaborative project lead by Dr. Timothy Harrison. The event took place during International Archaeology Day hosted by the ROM’s Family Fun Day which was well attended by enthusiastic budding archaeologists. The CRANE team, along with volunteer Bram Stynen, highlighted some of the Project’s recent work using 3D graphics, climate and artifact modelling, as well as recent archaeological discoveries from Tell Tayinat. GRAPE (The Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Excavations), NMC’s own Archaeological Field School directed by Dr. Stephen Batiuk, was represented by team members Arno Glasser and Natalia Handziuk, both doctoral students from the Department of Anthropology. GRAPE displayed obsidian tool replicas of finds from their excavations, as well as images of their ongoing excavations highlighting their discovery of the earliest known wine production in the world