11 May 2023 Start
24 May 2023 End
4:00 to 5:30 pm CET Time

Life in Ancient Nubia: Bioarchaeological Perspectives

May 11, 18 and 24, 2023

We are pleased to invite you to attend the PCMA Seminar’s speaker series on “Life in Ancient Nubia: Bioarchaeological Perspectives.” This series, organized and hosted by Dr.
Robert Stark, will take place online over three consecutive weeks in May.

The speaker series will present a range of bioarchaeological perspectives on life in ancient Nubia. Each session will focus on a particular area of bioarchaeological research, examining what we can learn from field documentation and excavation of burials, through isotope analyses for assessing diet and mobility, and palaeogenomic research. The cumulative insights of the presentations in this series will provide a picture of current bioarchaeological research in Nubian contexts and where future research may lead.

The schedule for the speaker series is as follows:

1. Thursday, May 11th (4:00 to 5:30 pm CET) – “Isotope Analyses: Perspectives on Diet and Mobility”
2. Thursday, May 18th (4:00 to 5:30 pm CET) – “Burial Archaeology in Nubia”
3. Wednesday, May 24th (4:00 to 5:30 pm CET) – “Palaeogenomic Perspectives”

The first day of the series (Thursday, May 11th: “Isotope Analyses: Perspectives on Diet and Mobility”) will feature the following talks:

– Michele Buzon, Purdue University: “Bioavailable Strontium in the Nile Valley: Variation across Time and Space”
– Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin, Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw: “Isotopic evidence of an environmental shift at the fall of the kingdom of Meroe (c. 300 BCE–350 CE)”
– Sarah Schrader, Leiden University: “Isotopic Approaches to Dietary Reconstruction in Bronze Age Nubia”

Full program, abstracts, and a note from the organizers can be found on the PCMA UW website:

To receive links to Zoom meetings, please write to
[email protected] or to Dr. Robert Stark at [email protected].