Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Please note: CHANGE OF DATE to 31 July

This lecture is cosponsored by Global Heritage Fund and Ancient Art Council.

Built by early Neolithic peoples over 10,000 years ago, Göbekli Tepe has been interpreted as the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered. Featuring dozens of 5-meter-high monolithic pillars, carved in relief, this massive site of circular “temple” structure suggests several millennia of activity, at a scale not previously thought possible for a community so ancient. The speaker has directed the Göbekli Tepe excavations and research project since 1995.

Reception will follow lecture.

The museum will be closed. Please use the Terrace Level entrance on the North side of the building.

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Reception catered by McCalls │ With additional contributions from Acme Bread Company and Fra'Mani Handcrafted Foods

The Ancient Art Council would like to thank Acme Bread Company and Fra'Mani Handcrafted Foods for their generous donations.

Congratulations to the Global Heritage Fund on its 10th anniversary!

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.



Göbekli Tepe: A Stone Age Sanctuary in South-Eastern Anatolia

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Klaus Schmidt

The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP:


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"If you build it, they will come": the construction and care of Nemean hero worship


Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh


Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal


Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae

Thank you for helping us acquire our first Egyptian royal portrait—a carved limestone relief of Ptolemy I Soter

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.

Dates TBD