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Archeologist to Give Lecture at Randolph

Sharon Herbert to talk about her work in Tel Anafa and Tel Kedesh in Israel.

3/16/2009 4:04:13 PM


LYNCHBURG— Sharon Herbert will present evidence from several of her excavations on the existence of a distinctly Phoenician cultural identity that prevailed through both the Hellenistic and Roman eras.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wed., March 24 in Room 537 at 7:30 p.m. in the Leggett Building of Randolph College.

In her work at Tel Anafa, between 1978 and 1986, and her ongoing excavations at Tel Kedesh in Israel, Herbert has discovered evidence that Phoenician heritage did not, as is commonly thought, disappear after the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Herbert uncovered over 2000 clay seals in the Kedesh excavation. A majority of the designs on the seals represent stories in Greek and Roman mythology, however a few are Phoenician symbols. Also interesting is the presence of a large group of Isis and Osiris seals, implicating the infusion of Egyptian religion into Phoenician life.

Herbert received her doctorate from Stanford University. She has excavated in Greece and Egypt and has taught in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. Currently, she is director of the Kelsey Museum at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and curator of the Greek and Hellenistic sector there. She specializes in the Hellenistic Near East and has been the co-director of the excavations at Kedesh, Israel – sharing the position with Andrea Berlin.

Herbert will be giving a Norton Lecture, formally called the Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lectureship. This lectureship is named for Charles Eliot Norton, the first president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and the lectureship funds its recipient to give 22 lectures per year.

For more information, please contact: Susan Stevens at (434) 947-8533 or

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