The Lion and the Volkswagen | Think & Talk | Seminar No. 8

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OHWB e.V. would like to cordially invite you to attend its Eighth seminar of the “Heritage Seminar Series | Orient in Context”, on Monday November 18th, 2013 as part of its “Think & Talk” scientific events. The seminar would take place at ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL gGmbH, Pangea-Haus, Trautenaustraße 5., 10717 Berlin, between 18:00-20:00, with a presentation entitled “The Lion and the Volkswagen: Simultaneous Pasts of Ancient Statuary at Zincirli in Southeastern Turkey” by Dr. Christopher Bachhuber with discussions following afterwards.

 Seminar Series, Orient in Context
In this presentation Dr. Bachhuber will follow the biography of one ancient monumental object, as it was discovered and re-discovered in a village located on top of an archaeological site in southeastern Turkey. The village and the archaeological site are both called Zincirli. The object was first discovered by German archaeologists 100 years ago, followed by people from Zincirli village 20 years ago, and then by himself, excavating with an American-led team in 2007. In 2006, the team were alerted to the existence of a stone Volkswagen that remained underground. He later uncovered something very different in 2007: an Iron Age lion statue. The biography of the Volkswagen lion reveals simultaneous pasts that exist at the village of Zincirli, and at the archaeological site of Zincirli. These simultaneous pasts are potential sources of tension between Zincirli the village and Zincirli the archaeological site, and also between heritage and archaeological approaches to the past.

Dr. Bachhuber is a research fellow in the Center for Area Studies at the Free University of Berlin, and he also teaches in the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Free University. He is also a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, and a member of Wolfson College, in Oxford. Before joining the Free University in 2013, he held postdoctoral fellowships and teaching positions at the British Institute at Ankara, Brown University, and the University of Oxford. Dr. Bachhuber specializes in the ancient material culture and societies of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, and has published widely on the Bronze Age of this region (ca. 3500-1200 BC), particularly in Turkey (ancient Anatolia). He has worked in Turkey as a field archaeologist for many years, including in underwater (shipwreck) archaeology and, more recently, as principal investigator of the Bronze Age excavations of Zincirli (ancient Sam’al) in southeastern Turkey, under the aegis of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.