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"A land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper" (Deuteronomy 8:9)

Celebrating the publication of the monograph: Mining for Ancient Copper: Essays in Memory of Beno Rothenberg (edited by E. Ben-Yosef)

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 08/03/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Gilman Building 223, Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Faculty of Humanities (Tel Aviv Universty)




Gathering (13:45) Welcome and Introduction (14:15) Profs. Oded Lipschits, Ran Barkai and Erez Ben-Yosef Session I (14:40-16:20): The Metallurgical Revolution (Chair: Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef) Dr. Christopher Thornton (University of Pennsylvania Museum), “The Dawn of Metallurgy in the Old World: New Insights and Remaining Questions” Prof. Thomas Levy (University of California, San Diego), “The Dawn of Metallurgy in the Southern Levant: Insights from Ethnographic Research among the Hereditary Bronze Casters of South India” Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou (University of Cyprus), “Cyprus: The Star of Copper Production and Trade Rising in the Second Millennium BCE" Prof. George Papasavvas (University of Cyprus), “Cypriot Bronzework and Technological Excellence in the Late Bronze Age” Prof. Thilo Rehren (Cyprus Institute), “Of Snakes and Ladders – a multidimensional network concept of ancient metal flows” Coffee Break (16:20-16:40) Session II (16:40-18:00): New Studies (Chair: Dr. Naama Yahalom-Mack) Prof. Sariel Shalev (University of Haifa), “The Chalcolithic Enigma: 50 years of research and the Mystery Is Yet Unsolved” Prof. Yigal Erel (The Hebrew University), “The First Industrial Pollution? Evidence of Metal Contamination in Human Remains at the Aravah’s Copper Production Districts” Dr. Adi Eliyahu (Ariel University), “Early Iron Production in the Southern Levant: Technological Diversity and the Question of Ore Sources” Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef, (Tel Aviv University), “From the Pyramids to Solomon: The Aravah Copper Industry in a Regional and Ultra-regional Context” Coffee Break (18:00-18:20) Session III (18:20-19:40): Cultic and Social Aspects of Ancient Metallurgy (Chair: Dr. Uzi Avner) Dr. Nissim Amzallag (Ben-Gurion University), “Was YHWH Originally a Smelting God?” Dr. Naama Yahalom-Mack (The Hebrew University), “On Metalsmiths and Cult: Tel Rehov as a Case Study” Dr. Naama Sukenik (Israel Antiquities Authority), “Metalworkers as a Social Elite in Light of Rare Dyed Textiles from 10th Century BCE Timna” Dr. Hila May (Tel Aviv University), “On the Discovery of ‘the Pregnant Woman’ Opposite the Hathor Temple and Its implications on Our Understanding of Ancient Mining Expeditions”

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