October 27 AIA Lecture “Kinet Höyük (Turkey) and the Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Seaports”
The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Creighton University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Joslyn Art Museum, continues its exceptional programming with another free public lecture.
“Kinet Höyük (Turkey) and the Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Seaports” with Marie-Henriette Gates, Department Archaeology and History of Art, Bilkent University, Turkey. Lecture is free.
The twenty-year project (1992-2011) at Kinet Höyük, an ancient seaport near Iskenderun/Turkey, offers a long perspective on maritime life in the northeastern most corner of the Mediterranean. Kinet can be identified with classical Issos, overlooking the plain where Alexander the Great defeated the Persians in 333 BCE; and earlier, with a Hittite harbor named Izziya (ca. 1500-1200 BCE). The site’s archaeological span is much longer, however. Excavations show that from prehistoric times to the Crusades, Kinet flourished within an economic network extending at least as far as Cyprus, and occasionally throughout the eastern Mediterranean.
The Kinet excavations also concluded that archaeological expectations for land-based settlements differ from maritime sites in fundamental ways. The norms for ancient Near Eastern sites would predict that Kinet’s remote location and small size entailed a modest, self-contained existence. This port instead enjoyed enduring prosperity based on well-connected enterprise. My lecture will present an overview of the project’s findings, and propose parameters for the archaeology of seaports, using Kinet Höyük as guide.
Marie-Henriette Gates, received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from Yale University in 1976. She came in 1990 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to Bilkent, where she teaches courses on the archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Egypt and Anatolia, and archaeological method and theory. She has participated in field projects in Turkey, Iran and Syria, and since 1992 has directed the Kinet Höyük excavations. Her publications focus on Near Eastern Archaeology. She also wrote several issues of the American Journal of Archaeology's annual newsletter "Archaeology in Turkey", a chronicle of current excavations and surveys.
Founded in 1879, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
was chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, in recognition of its role in the development and passage of the Antiquities Act, which Theodore Roosevelt signed into law that year. Today, the AIA remains committed to preserving the world's archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future. The Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, chartered in 1995, provides the residents of Nebraska and western Iowa opportunities to attend lectures by prominent international, national, and local archaeologists.