Excavating an 8th Century BC Anatolian Settlement
Joshua Cannon, A&S 2009
Anthropology, Linguistics and Classics
Friday, January 9, 2009
3500 Cathedral of Learning
NOTE: 3:00 P.M.
In the summer of 2008, undergraduate Joshua Cannon joined a University of Chicago research team in the mountainous region of southeastern Turkey to excavate an Anatolian Iron Age settlement called Zincirli. It proved to be a fortuitous summer for Josh, for the team uncovered the "Kuttamuwa stele"---a discovery that sparked great excitement in the archaeological world (New York Times, November 17). The stele was created in the late 8th century BC and was erected as a memorial to a royal official, Kuttamuwa.
Its inscription instructed his mourners to commemorate his life and afterlife with feasts "for my soul that is in this stele." So prominent was Josh’s role in this discovery that he was fortunate enough to be put in charge of its excavation. In this talk, Josh will share his experiences about the digging, the site and resting place of Kuttamuwa himself.