Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

This lecture presents an overview of various social and economic revolutions that took place more than 6,000 years ago in Israel and the neighboring lands. The most significant development was the introduction of metallurgy.

Chalcolithic metal workers made elaborate prestige objects such as crowns, scepters, and mace heads. This presentation explores the social role of the ‘Metallurgy Revolution’ and its effects on social change during this formative period in the southern Levant. The speaker led the first Israeli-Jordanian-American-German international archaeology expedition to locate the Copper Age trade route used by the earliest metal workers in the Holy Land.

Supported by a grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Fund, by the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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.



Journey to the Copper Age

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Thomas E. Levy

This lecture is free and open to the public


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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