Lost Cities and Landscapes in the Heart of the Assyrian Empire

Public Lecture by Jason Ur

6:00 PM Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138). Reception follows in the Peabody Museum galleries (11 Divinity Avenue).

In 2012, Harvard University began a new archaeological project in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. This area was the core of the great Assyrian Empire (ca. 900 to 600 BC), which at its largest stretched from Egypt to Iran. The project marked the return of Harvard to Kurdistan after an absence of over eighty years. Archaeologist Jason Ur will discuss the team’s findings, as well as his use of declassified Cold War spy satellite photographs to locate ancient towns and cities.

Jason Ur is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. His research was featured in a Peabody Museum exhibition, Spying on the Past: Declassified Satellite Images and Archaeology.


Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University





Citadel in Erbil, Iraq. Photo courtesy Jason Ur.

Directions and parking Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage starting at 5:00 pm.

Public information: 617-496-1027

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