The NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World presents
Archaeology and Cultural Memory: The Social Construction of Death and the Hypogeum at Qatna
Beate Pongratz-Leisten (ISAW)
Monday, December 11, 2023 @ 1:00-2:00pm EST
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
The sensational finds of an intact royal hypogeum below the palace of Qatna / modern Tell Misherifeh northeast of Homs in Syria have been discussed within the framework of the Rites of Passage as developed by the French folklorist and ethnographer Arnold. This talk will discuss the archaeological evidence from a religious-historical and anthropological perspective introducing the audience into the social construction of death and the afterlife. It will suggest a new interpretation and discuss the importance of the ancestor cult for the living.
Beate Pongratz-Leisten is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at ISAW. She was trained as a translator and interpreter of French and Spanish at the École Supérieure d'Interprètes et de Traducteurs, Paris, and the University of Mainz. In 1983 she embarked on a second career in ancient Near Eastern Studies, Egyptology, and Religious Studies at Tübingen University and Harvard University. She received her doctorate and habilitation from Tübingen University. Before joining the faculty of ISAW she taught at Tübingen University and Freiburg University in Germany, as well as at Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton Theological Seminary.
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