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Saturday, August 29, 2020

ARCE-NC September 12 Online Lecture - Ramesside Jaffa and the Decline of Egyptian Control in Canaan


 The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend an online lecture by Dr. Aaron A. Burke, UCLA:

Ramesside Jaffa and the Decline of Egyptian Control in Canaan
Online Pre-recorded Lecture With Live Q&A to Follow
(Details for accessing the lecture will be provided shortly)

When: Saturday, September 12, 2020, 1:30 PM

Excavations of the Ramesses Gate complex during July 2013.  (Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project)

About the Lecture:

Excavations of the Egyptian New Kingdom fortress in Jaffa (Tel Yafo, ancient Yapu), on the southern side of Tel Aviv, were renewed by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project from 2011 to 2014. As the Egyptian fortress in Jaffa is the only one excavated in Canaan thus far, its archaeological record provides a unique perspective on Egyptian rule and resistance to it in Canaan from c. 1460 to 1125 B.C.E., but especially during the late Ramesside Period when Jaffa was twice destroyed. Radiocarbon dates from these two destructions suggest ca. 1125 B.C.E. as a terminus for Egyptian rule in Canaan. The archaeological evidence from Jaffa, taken together with textual sources, yields a picture of local resistance to the Egyptian military presence in Jaffa that likely originated among Canaanite centers in the coastal plain.

This lecture is presented in cooperation with the Orange County Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, who will be hosting the event.
About the Speaker:

Dr. Aaron A. Burke (Photo courtesy of the speaker)
Aaron A. Burke is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and the Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is also a faculty member of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, where he also serves as editor-in-chief of the Cotsen Press. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from The Oriental Institute at The University of Chicago in 2004.
From 2011 to 2014, as director of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, he conducted excavations of a New Kingdom Egyptian fortress in Jaffa, Israel that were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2017, expanding upon his research in Jaffa, he inaugurated Turning Points, an initiative aimed at exploring the broad context of the transition between the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, ca. 1200–1000 B.C. in the southern Levant.
In addition to his monograph, "Walled Up to Heaven": The Evolution of Middle Bronze Age Fortification Strategies in the Levant (Eisenbrauns, 2008), he has written extensively on warfare and society in the Bronze and Iron ages, and has co-edited three volumes resulting from directing archaeological work in Jaffa. His interests include the archaeology of Ancient Israel, warfare, and identity negotiations and cultural transformations in the Bronze and Iron Ages in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean with particular attention to the archaeology of forced migration and the identification of ensuing cultural changes. He has excavated in Israel, Turkey, and Egypt.

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