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Archaeology as a Practice of Cultural Identity - April 11, 2016

  • Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)


April 11, 2016 at 7PM


The Work of Archaeologists in Yemen

You are cordially invited to a panel discussion and exhibition opening on the work of international archaeologists in Yemen.


Archaeologists have always been fascinated by the impressive remains of monumental architecture, sculptures and artefacts of South Arabia’s past. Cities like Marib, Aden and Sanaa have inspired teams to explore the past of Arabia Felix, as it was called in ancient times.

The panel discussion will feature the archaeologist and author Sabina Antonini de Maigret current Director of the Italian archaeological mission in Yemen (Monumenta Orientalia), Michael Harrower Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies at John Hopkins University, Iris Gerlach, Director of the German Archaeological Institute in Sanaa, and Doctor Alexander Nagel, Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History.

The event will also inaugurate the photographic exhibition “South Arabia Revisited: The Work of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen”, which will highlight stories from the field and collaborative efforts. Archival documents, photographs, notebooks and drawings which will be showcased are the legacies of archaeological fieldwork, documentation and restoration at important archaeological sites like Barāqish and Tamnaʿ.

The Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen was launched in 1980 with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Coordinated by Professor Alessandro de Maigret (1943-2011), the Mission initiated a series of archaeological fieldwork projects with the foremost goal to establish a reliable historical chronology for the past cultures of Southern Arabia.

The initiative will be a tribute to the work of Alessandro de Maigret, a prominent Italian archaeologist who was a pioneer in coordinating the work of the Italian archaeological mission in Yemen since its start in the year 1980.

This event, part of the series "Protecting Our Heritage", is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy, in collaboration with Monumenta Orientalia and the German Archaeological Institute.

This evening event will honor the memory of archaeologists who worked in Yemen. What is the current role of archaeology in our understanding of South Arabia’s long and rich history? How can archaeological research in Yemen contribute to diplomacy and what do we know about the archaeological sites, history and do we develop a framework to solve the challenges of the current situation on the ground? Learn about past and present initiatives and collaborations, when experts and researchers discuss the current challenges in Yemeni archaeology.

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