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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 at 2:00 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


AAC members free / General public $5 suggested donation

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