Jug, Middle Bronze Age in Cyprus, 19th-16th c BCE.
South Gate, Ammaia.
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

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A Lost Roman Town - Ammaia Portugal

Mr David Andersen will deliver this talk on behalf of Ms Sue Edmondson.

Unlike most other Roman towns in Portugal, Ammaia was never built over, but slowly disappeared under fields near the small town of Sao Salvador de Aramenha, near the border with Spain. Founded sometime between the end of the first century BC and the beginning of the 1st century AD, it was already a flourishing town during the Augustan era. Virtually abandoned by the end of the 6th century AD, when much of the population moved to the fortified hilltop town of Marvao, its renaissance began with a small project in 1994. Now a significant archaeological site, noted particularly for its use of non-invasive ground penetrating techniques, its story is slowly being told. Following a brief introductory video, this talk will provide further information on the site and its history.

Reconstructing Society in a Prehistorical Bronze Age Settlement in Cyprus

From c1900 to 1750BC a settlement of one- and two-storey mudbrick houses occupied the side of a gently sloping hill outside the modern village of Alampra, central Cyprus. The inhabitants produced an array of pottery vessels, smelted copper into spearheads and darning needles, and buried their dead in clusters of pit and chamber tombs a short walk from where they lived. But they had no writing. How does an archaeologist reconstruct how they lived based on the snippets of information yielded by archaeological excavation? What stories did they tell by the fireside at night? What did they believe happened when they died? What did they value in a person? And what did they know of the wider world that they were a part of? Dr Sneddon (Director of the UQ-Alampra Archaeological Mission) will attempt to answer some of these questions by reviewing the rich archaeological data that are emerging.