Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Save the date!

Dear Samarra fans - a belated but very Happy New Year to you all! We can now announce that we will be giving the annual Mallowan lecture, following the BISI AGM on Thursday 27th February at 6pm. The details of the lecture are copied below and also available on the BISI website. Booking will be open to BISI members first and foremost, but may then open out more generally if there is space, so please keep an eye on the website for updates. We will also post a report here afterwards, and the content of the lecture will eventually be written up for publication in the BISI journal, Iraq.

Wall painting fragment from Samarra, V&A: A.30-1922

A New Look at Samarra: Small Finds from the Herzfeld Excavation in the Victoria and Albert Museum

BISI Annual Mallowan Lecture
By Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen (V&A) and Dr Rosalind Wade Haddon (Independent Scholar)

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00.
Location: The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH.

In 2013, BISI granted the Victoria and Albert Museum the annual pilot project award to research, catalogue, photograph and conserve the museum’s collection of 285 objects excavated at Samarra by Ernst Herzfeld in 1911-1913. This material encompasses architectural ornament in plaster, stone and wood, as well as objects in steatite, glass and ceramic. It forms a representative typeset of the finds from this landmark excavation, which are now widely dispersed across international museum collections; this project forms the first phase in an attempt to research and virtually reunite the Samarra finds. This lecture will outline the work undertaken over the past year, the discoveries that have been made, and how the Samarra material is now accessible through the museum’s website. It will also sketch out the ambitions that remain for this collection, and the project’s next phases. 

The lecture will be immediately preceded by BISI's Annual General Meeting at 5.45pm. All audience members are also warmly welcomed to join us for a reception after the lecture.

Tickets: free, but pre-registration is required. Bookings to open shortly.

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