February 6, 2020
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Learn about sensory experience in ancient times with Dr. Allison Thomason.
Join Dr. Allison Thomason for an archaeology talk on "Sensing the Past: Sensorial Experiences in Ancient Mesopatomia."
While the basic physical structure of human sensing organs has not changed for many thousands of years, scholars are exploring whether and how ancient humans perceived and experienced sensory stimuli differently than modern humans do. Archaeologists, art historians, and textual scholars have tried to recreate past sensory environments and experiences by using evidence from images, artifacts and ancient texts of all kinds. Dr. Thomason explores this topic with a particular focus on ancient Mesopotamians, with sometimes surprising results.
Dr. Allison Thomason is a professor in the Department of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Her research examines the texts, images, and material culture of the ancient Near East, with special focus on Mesopotamia. She has studied and worked on excavations in Greece and the Middle East. Presented in partnership by Eugene Public Library and the Eugene chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and UO Classics Department.