Lunch in Pompeii: How Metal Shaped Pompeii and the Roman Empire

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 noon to 1 p.m.

Join us for lunch in Pompeii! Faculty from the UCF Anthropology and Chemistry Departments, and educators from Orlando Science Center, will help us walk back in time and explore artifacts from Pompeii: The Immortal City and how they relate to the modern world. The artifacts discussed in these talks will be on display in Pompeii: The Immortal City traveling exhibit at Orlando Science Center, October 26 – January 24.

Zoom virtual talks: 30 minute talk and then moderated Q&A.

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Speaker: Joseph “Seppi” Lehner, Ph.D.
Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow
Department of Archaeology
The University of Sydney

Courtesy Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Central Florida

Abstract: Metals were a fundamental part of Roman life, providing a wide range of weapons, coins, implements and jewelry. Given the scarcity of metals in Roman provinces, demand for these precious resources drove previously unprecedented scales of interaction and trade that affected linked Rome, including major trading centers like Pompeii, to the Roman provinces and beyond.

This presentation will examine how metal production and trade shaped the Roman world, and how the archaeological study of these materials give us extraordinary insight into not only the mechanics of the empire but also the daily lives of people who once lived there.

Biography: Joseph Lehner is an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award Fellow at The University of Sydney and a Courtesy Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida. As a specialist in ancient mining and metallurgy, he currently co-directs research at Kerkenes Dağ Project (Turkey), the Bronze Age Cape Gelidoyna Shipwreck Project (Turkey), and the Archaeological Water Histories of Oman Project (Oman). He finished his PhD at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, is a past Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow at the University of Tübingen and a Senior Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations at Koç University in Istanbul. He conducts extensive field work in Turkey and Oman, and has been involved in projects elsewhere in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, and Arctic North America. His research focuses on the social, environmental, and cultural impacts and deep history of ancient trade and political economy.

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