Lion Gate, Hattusa, Turkey
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea.

Rebuilding the Walls of an Ancient Royal City

In 2003, German archaeologists embarked on an ambitious new project – to rebuild part of the massive fortifications of the royal city Hattusa, capital of the Bronze Age Hittite empire. They did so without modern technology, using all the traditional construction techniques of the Hittites themselves. The final result is spectacular, especially since the ancient walls had entirely vanished, except for some stone foundations. How did the rebuilders go about their task? What did they learn in the process? And most importantly, how do we know they got it right?

The talk will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the Betty Fletcher Memorial Scholarship for 2017

PLEASE NOTE that on this occasion refreshments will be served on Level 2, Michie Building, to coincide with the RD Milns Antiquities Museum being open as part of the University's participation in the Brisbane Open House program. Those who have not visited the Museum previously will have an opportunity to do so.