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Human Sacrifice and Power in the Kerma Kingdom at Harvard Semitic Museum

November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 |  Free


November 19, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East
6 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Elizabeth Minor, Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Wellesley College

The Kerma Kingdom was an ancient Nubian civilization located in present-day Sudan. Its capital, the city of Kerma, had monumental architecture and religious art depicting deities in the form of lions, scorpions, and hybrid figures such as winged giraffes and hippopotamus goddesses. During the Classic Kerma Period (1700–1550 BCE), funerary monuments of Kerman kings could be up to one hundred meters long and included hundreds of sacrificed individuals. Elizabeth Minor will discuss the complexity of Kerman culture and its practice of human sacrifice as a means to negotiate social hierarchies.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage


This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the Harvard Semitic Museum Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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