Ian Potter Museum showcases archeological finds

December 13 / 125

A new exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum showcases artifacts from the Bronze and Iron Age.

The Ian Potter Museum’s Jericho to Jerusalem exhibition, which runs until April 2014, showcases terracotta figurines, loom weights, spindle whorls and many pottery vessels from tombs at Jericho, excavated by British archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon from 1952–54, and from Kenyon’s 1967 excavations at Jerusalem.

More than 100  early ceramics are on display, including selected key items from several Bronze Age tombs at Jericho, and the large Iron Age deposit from Cave 1 in Jerusalem.

 The finds were entrusted to the University as a teaching collection in return for the financial support for Kenyon’s excavations provided by the University’s Middle Eastern Studies department.

Associate Professor Louise Hitchcock of the University’s Classics and Archaeology program officially opened the exhibition.

Curator Dr Andrew Jamieson said the exhibition told the story of Dame Kenyon’s significant contribution to Near Eastern archaeology.

“Dame Kathleen Kenyon made significant contributions in the field of stratigraphic excavation techniques which she perfected at Jericho. She also introduced innovative approaches in ceramic methodology,” he said.

“Best known for her excavations at Jericho and Jerusalem, she helped train a whole generation of archaeologists, including Australian scholar Basil Hennessey, who went on to become Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney.

“Kathleen Kenyon’s work continues to resonate throughout the archaeological world. Her field methods and scientific techniques strengthened the discipline of archaeology. She is often credited with popularising archaeology.”

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