2018 Ruth & Vincent Megaw Lecture in Archaeology & Art

Join us for the 2018 Ruth & Vincent Megaw Lecture in Archaeology & Art.

"Identity and memory: approaches to understanding the Early Celts of the first millennium BCE"

Presented by Professor Thomas Stöllner, Chair of Pre- and Protohistory, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany.

5:30pm for a 6:30pm lecture start.

Flinders at Victoria Square.
Room 1, Level 1.
182 Victoria Square,
Adelaide, SA. 5000

For a long time discussion concerning the early Celts has been bound up with the connections which have been observed that European Iron Age societies had with the Mediterranean cultures to the south. This general view follows an older perception of past societies and their self-awareness. But how have images from the south and the creation of images in the north altered this self-awareness and how has it produced forms of different materialised identities?

The lecture in honour of Vincent and Ruth Megaw will therefore follow some of the processes that we relate to Iron Age communities and their perception of life-worlds expressed in the daily practice of working and living, as well as in commemorating shared identities, with the help of material complexes such as art and prestigious items. Re-configuring identity and memory within these communities will be discussed as well as the reinterpretation and embedding of memories to new ideological contexts. The salt mining centre at the Dürrnberg will be one example used to understand these processes on a regional scale, while the exchange of ideas and techniques by skilled people will be another. The foreignness and exclusiveness of objects is an important clue to understanding the processes of memorizing and embedding of ideas, which led to the overall ideological concepts we see behind Early Celtic Art.
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