Sidore Lecture: "Satellite Monitoring of Archaeological Damage and Looting in the Syrian Civil War"
The lecture will be presented by Dr. Jesse Casana, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College.
Jesse Casana is a specialist in the archaeology of the Middle East. Employing remote sensing technologies alongside archaeological fieldwork, his research investigates settlement and land use history, the emergence and development of complex societies, and the dynamic interactions of humans in their environments. Casana's projects explore large regions and embrace long periods of human history. He previously directed excavations at Tell Qarqur (Syria) and is currently the co-director of a regional archaeological survey project in the upper Diyala (Sirwan) River Valley in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He also collaborates on field projects elsewhere in the Middle East and North America.
For more about the speaker, please see his department profile: http://anthropology.dartmouth.edu/people/jesse-casana.
This year's topic for the Sidore Lecture Series is "Who Owns the Past?"
While human lives are at risk every day, so too is the cultural heritage created by past cultures and societies, ones that are important not only for scholarly interest but also for the identity of present cultures. Some questions speakers will address over the year are 'Why do we—and should we—care about ancient monuments and culture when confronted with similarly urgent problems with what might be called ‘real-life’ consequences? And if we decide that the past is worth preserving, who has the right and responsibility to take on these challenges, and how can such preservation be effectively accomplished? The series will focus on cultural preservation and its challenges in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1965 in memory of Saul O Sidore of Manchester, New Hampshire. The purpose of the series is to offer the University community and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities sponsors the programs.