Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

The destruction of world cultural heritage is an acute problem from the damage done to archaeological sites by the Islamic State and other groups in the Middle East. Last year, the speaker received a grant from the University of California Office of the President for ‘At-Risk World Heritage and the Digital Humanities’ to tackle this crisis through cultural preservation. In collaboration with archaeology faculty at UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced, this project incorporates over 10,000 years of cultural materials, architecture, and landscapes. The lecture will present an overview of this UC campus-wide partnership, which uses conventional and modern techniques to study the effects of disasters—both natural and manmade—and forecast endangered sites.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.


March 25, 2017, 9:00 PM - 3:15 PM

At-Risk World Heritage and Cyber-Archaeology: The University of California Office of the President Catalyst Project

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Thomas Levy, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Norma Kershaw Chair, Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands, University of California, San Diego, Director, Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability Qualcomm Institute

Admission: Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted


Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

Please help us keep Ptolemy I Soter—Alexander the Great’s general and the founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ended with Cleopatra—in San Francisco.

The Ancient Art Council is seeking your help to acquire this Egyptian limestone relief of a Ptolemaic king in a devotional pose. Any amount will help.