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Archeology in the Land of Frankincense
Start Date: 3/13/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 3/13/2018End Time: 7:30 PM
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To help celebrate Archeology Month in Arkansas, the Ko-ko-ci Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will hold a special meeting on Tuesday March 13th at 6pm at the Fayetteville Public Library. The guest speaker is Dr. Krista Lewis, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas Little Rock, presenting "Trading Frankincense by the Sea: Archaeology of the Arabian Port City of Al Baleed."

Al Baleed (medieval Zafar) is a large ancient and medieval port city on the Indian Ocean coast in southern Oman. It is now part of the "Land of Frankincense" UNESCO World Heritage listing and an archaeological park. Al Baleed was a mercantile, administrative, and cultural center, an international port city strategically located in the midst of the western Indian Ocean trade circuits. The city was most famous for the export of the regional specialties of frankincense and Arabian horses, but a wide array of goods, ideas, and peoples from throughout the Indian Ocean region passed through its gates. From modest pre-Islamic origins the town grew into a thriving city, experiencing a series of political and economic developments and phases of reorganization, reconstruction, and expansion over more than a thousand years. Ongoing excavations at Al Baleed by a UA Little Rock team reveal patterns of urban life as they developed uniquely in southern Arabia in the context of its far-reaching trade connections and shed light on the development of the globalized world we live in today.

Dr. Krista Lewis specializes in the archaeology of southern Arabia and its relationships to the wider Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean regions. Dr. Lewis leads two major archaeological projects in south Arabia, one in Yemen and one in Oman. In Oman, she directs excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Land of Frankincense site of Al Baleed. Her research engages issues of urbanism, foodways, resource extraction, craft production, trade, emerging globalization, multi-cultural interactions, and sustainability from prehistory to the early modern period. She is particularly interested in how people use plants strategically for economic and social purposes, whether as food, technology, ritual item, or trade good. Dr. Lewis has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in the United States and Central America and is a co-organizer of the Archeology Month event Arkansas ArchaeOlympics. Dr. Lewis is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2005.

The meeting will be held in the Walker Community Room of the Fayetteville Public Library, which is located at 401 W. Mountain St. Refreshments are served. Free and open to the public. Free parking. Call 479-283-5720 for more information.
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Off Campus - Fayetteville Public Library

Off Campus - Fayetteville Public Library
Room: Walker Community Room
Contact Information:
Name: Marilyn Knapp
Phone: 479-283-5720
Email: mxj02@uark.edu
Dr. Krista Lewis, speaker
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