Sunday, March 6, 2022

Canaanite (pre-Israelite) Household Rituals in the Early Bronze Age of the Southern Levant

Most studies of ritual in early complex societies of the Near East have focused on elite and/or public behavioral domains. Yet, the vast bulk of the population would not have been able to participate in such public displays. Here, I explore the evidence for household rituals in lower stratum residences in the Early Bronze Age. Data from the archaeological site of Tell es-Safi/Gath and other sites will be used as an illustration of the nature and difficulty of identifying household rituals. 

Finding Nazi-Looted Artwork in North American Museums And Collections

This presentation looks at Holocaust-era Provenance Research in North America. Starting in the 1990s, international pressure began building to resolve the issue of Nazi-looted assets, including artworks. In 1998, 44 nations, including Canada, endorsed the Washington Principles, calling on nations to develop legal and regulatory means to address the issue, and on museums to identify and restitute Nazi-looted artworks to their Jewish owners.