Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Ever since its discovery, Petra has remained the crown jewel of ancient Jordanian art and archaeology. Yet the dynamic centuries that came before Petra have received less attention from the public. This illustrated lecture explores the art and archaeology of Jordan’s Iron Age societies — the Moabites, Edomites, and their neighbors in northwest Saudi Arabia. The speaker will examine notable works of art as well as new discoveries from his archaeological excavations at the Moabite capital, Dhiban, and the Edomite capital, Busayra.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

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.


October 17, 2015, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Before Petra: The Art and Archaeology of Iron Age Jordan

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Benjamin Porter, Assistant Professor, New Eastern Studies and Acting Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Co-director, Dihbam Excavation and Development Project and Co-director, Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project

Admission: AAC members free / General public $5 suggested donation


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



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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.