Lecture: Marshland of Cities: Lagash and its Neighbors ca. 2500 BCE

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Penn Museum 3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

The earliest cities in the world arose in a dynamic wetland environment at the intersection of the Tigris-Euphrates delta and the shore of the Persian Gulf during the 4th- and 3rd-millennia BCE. Recent work at the site of Lagash, led by the Penn Museum, in collaboration with the University of Pisa and Cambridge University, focuses on reconstructing the ancient environment of southern Iraq through remote sensing, geological coring, and excavation. This illustrated lecture will bring this formative chapter of human history to life through an overview of this work to date, including geological, ethnographic, and archaeological evidence.

Speakers: Holly Pittman, Bok Family Professor in the Humanities; Professor, History of Art; Director, Lagash Archaeological Project and Curator, Near East Section, Penn Museum and Reed C Goodman, Ph.D. Candidate in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World.

The event will be live, on-site at the Penn Museum and will be live streamed for anyone who would like to attend the lecture virtually.


$15 General

$10 Member

$5 Virtual

Event Type: 
Guest Speaker
Historical Preservation / Archaeology