AAG lecture highlights Carthaginian & Roman Empires

“Empire, Prayer, and Industry at the Roman and Neo-Punic Urban Mound of Zita, Tunisia” will be the subject of Professor Brett Kaufman, Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

Sponsored by the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (the AAG), the lecture is free to AAG, Bruce Museum members, students with ID and $15 to the public.

Dr. Kaufman is the principal investigator and founding Co-Director of the Zita Project in Southern Tunisia. These excavations and survey are the first to be undertaken by the U.S.-Tunisian archaeological collaboration since the Arab Spring. The site reveals an occupation spanning roughly 800 years (500 BC-300 AD). Zita, meaning Olive City in Punic, was incorporated into the Roman Empire following the destruction of Carthage in 146 BC. Over three seasons (2013-2015), Professor Kaufman’s team from the Tunisian Institute National du Patrimoine, UCLA and Brown have worked to provide a picture of the cultural changes that occurred at Zita over many centuries before its abrupt abandonment around 300 AD.

Brett Kaufman is proficient in Arabic, Lebanese and Tunisian. He was a teaching assistant at UCLA as he worked on his Ph.D. Since August, 2014 his teaching and research have continued at Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. He received his BA from Brandeis University and Ph.D from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.

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