Archaeology of Religion and Rituals

Code: LH51352

Dates: April 12 - May 10, 2024

Meets: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Sessions: 5

Location: ONLINE

Course Fee: $89.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.

Start with an introductory overview of the archaeological methods, theories, and practices used in the study of religious practices and rituals found throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. Examine themes ranging from landscapes, burials, taboos, cultic sacrifices, and rites. Begin chronologically in the Upper Paleolithic period and conclude in the early Middle Ages (10,000 BCE – 500 CE). Students will be provided with optional supplemental materials.
Fee: $89.00
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Asil Yaman

Dr. Asil Yaman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Villanova University, College of Sciences and Arts since 2022. He is also working as consulting professor at the Mediterranean section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum since 2016. Previously he was a research assistant at the Mugla Sitki Koçman University (Turkey), where he worked for seven years. He has been excavating in the eastern Mediterranean since 2003, working on projects from Aegae (Aeolis), Pedasa (Caria), Amos (Caria), Xanthus (Lycia), Arycanda (Lycia), Patara (Lycia), and Gordion (Phrygia) in Turkey. He focuses on the material culture such as late roman pottery, food culture, and trade relations between the Levant and Anatolia in late antiquity. Currently, he is investigating the archaeology of Carian Chersonese, which is part of his post-doc project and directing the Phoenix Archaeological Project (PAP). He has also been serving as co-editor of the Levantine Ceramics Project (LCP) since 2018. Asil received the research grant of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) and Koç University Gabam Grant in 2018. His teaching repertory includes courses such as; ‘Anatolian Archaeology’, ‘The war between the East and West in Archaeological and Historical perspectives’, ‘Asia Minor in Late Antiquity’, ‘ Archaeology of Religion and Rituals’ and the Medieval Mediterranean Food Culture’ at both undergraduate and graduate level. Archaeologist, Director at Phoenix Archaeological Project, Turkey. Professor, Villanova University and Penn Museum


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