Can archaeologists recognize prehistoric religious belief and practice? This lecture examines elaborate new rituals surrounding death and the disposal of the human body during the Chalcolithic period (ca. 4500─3600 BC). This era of dramatic change offers insights into the profound ritual intensification, demographic expansion, increased craft production, and new technology, most notably metallurgy, in the southern Levant.
This lecture is supported by a grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Fund, and by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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New Rituals, New Religion? Death's Dominion during the Copper Age of the Southern Levant
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Free and open to the public