Ottawa Chapter
Chapitre Ottawa
Report 2015-2016
Minutes AGM March 11, 2017
Ottawa Chapter Program - Fall 2016
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Room 1120, Desmarais Building [red circle in campus map .pdf] University of Ottawa.

  • In partnership with AIA and sponsored by the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

    Lecture by Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner, University of Toronto.

    Hatshepsut and the Rituals of Rebirth: Research on New Finds from Abydos, Egypt.

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    Biographical notes

    Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner is Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. She has been directing archaeological fieldwork in North Abydos as the head of the Abydos Votive Zone Project since 1996. She teaches numerous courses in Egyptian history, archaeology, and culture as well as archaeological theory and excavation techniques. Her research interests include landscape archaeology, performance and popular religion, social identity, state formation, interregional interaction, and urbanism. In September, she will be contributing a paper entitled "Reading Abydos as the Landscape of Postmortem Transformation" at the Ritual Landscape and Performance Conference at Yale University.

    The discovery of a very rare type of royal statue made of wood in the course of archaeological fieldwork by the Toronto Abydos Votive Zone Project posed a fascinating puzzle: which ruler did the statue depict? Many Egyptian kings built monuments at Abydos; the site was the epicentre of the cult of Osiris, god of death and regeneration and archetype of the deceased ruler. Analysis of aspects of the wooden statue suggests that it depicted Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled Egypt as king during the Late Bronze Age. The lecture will present some of the details of this research, along with a discussion of other finds from the site that provide fascinating glimpses into the ritual landscape of Abydos as a setting for the re-enactment of the journey leading to eternal life.

    Reception to follow

    Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 2:00p.m.
  • Location: Room 303, Paterson Hall  [View map >>>], Carleton University.

  • Lecture by Dr. Stephen Batiuk, University of Toronto.

    Preserving and Presenting the History of the Antioch Region in Turkey.

    Biographical notes

    Dr. Stephen Batiuk is senior research associate and lecturer in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, managing the Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) project.
    He obtained his B.A in Classical Studies at the University of Ottawa, MA in Ancient Studies at the University of Toronto, and PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Toronto. He has been a lecturer at the University of Toronto; Wilfred Laurier; John's Hopkins in Baltimore; and KoƧ University in Istanbul, Turkey.
    He has worked on excavations for over twenty years all over the world, including Canada, France, Romania, Israel, Ethiopia and Turkey, where he has worked in the Antioch Region at Tell Tayinat for 17 years, being the director of excavations for the past 12 years. He also recently initiated a new project Gadachrili Gora regional archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE) in the Republic of Georgia where they are looking for the earliest evidence of wine production in the world.

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    Refreshments to follow

    Sunday, October 30th, 2016 at 1:30p.m.
  • Location:  Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street, Auditorium.

  • Screening of the film:
    "When the Moors Ruled in Europe" a BBC documentary narrated by British historian Bettany Hughes.

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    Refreshments to follow

    Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  The Chamber Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive).

  • Featuring: Prof. Travis Bruce, Prof Faith Wallis, Prof. Mariana Esponda.

    A Round Table Discussion:
    Al Andalus: The Moors in Iberia

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    For any further information please contact

    via e-mail: Louise Terrillon Mackay, President

    Or by telephone: 819-684-8768