Events from 30 July, 2014

  • Date
  • 6th August, 2014

    The Archaeology of the Desert Cults and the Origins of Israel's God by Dr Juan Tebes, Catholic University of Argentina

    The idea that the origins of ancient Israel’s god, Yahweh, can be found in the arid southern margins south and south-east of Palestine (known as the “Midianite-Kenite hypothesis”), has a long history in biblical scholarship. However, adequate analyses of the
    archaeological evidence of the arid areas of the southern Levant are few. In this lecture, instead of looking to the (mostly biblical) evidence of the origins of Yahwism and assuming its origin lies in movements of people from the southern regions to Canaan in the Early Iron Age, Dr Tebes will focus attention on the archaeology of the cultic practices in the Negev, southern Transjordan, and northern Hejaz during the entire Iron Age, and how this information is related to the religious practices known in Judah and Israel during the biblical period, providing new light on the prehistory of the cult of Yahweh. The evidence will be evaluated not as a single, exceptional event, but as long-term process within the severalmillennia history of cultic practices and beliefs of the local peoples.

  • 14th August, 2014 to 16th August, 2014

    Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place. An international conference convened by historians, archaeologists and heritage scholars at the University of Sydney

    This international conference builds from a large multidisciplinary investigation of more than 1,000 sandstone inscriptions that cover the stunning Quarantine Station in Sydney, Australia. This unique site will form our venue for the conference, inspiring themes that are both local and global: mark-making, isolation, identity, and place.

  • 2nd September, 2014

    ST Lee Annual Lecture in Asian Art and Archaeology Annual Lecture 2014

    Sri Vijaya as the Entrepôt for Circum-South-China-Sea to Indian Ocean Trade

    Professor Qin Dashu

    The 9-10th centuries were the first peak of China’s maritime trade. Many ports along the coast of China engaged in this period and traded commodities from different regions of southern and northern China. However the ports were not selling the goods directly to the end users of Southeast Asia and further away. There was an entrepôt between China and Arabian area in the trade routes from South China Sea to India Ocean. Based on the Chinese and Arab records of the 9-10th centuries, we learn that there were three trading circuits around the trade routes from the 9-10th century: one between China and Southeast Asia, one between Southeast Asia and Arabia and the Persian Gulf, and one between the Arabian area and east Africa. Sri Vijaya and Basra were the two main entrepôts for these circuits. According to documentary records, China and Sri Vijaya had a very close relationship. Chinese and Arab records of commodities both contain products from Southeast Asia. Their texts on trade route were more detailed for the side of Malacca Straits that they were familiar with, but not for the other side. The cargoes from the shipwrecks of Belitung and Cirebon in SE Asia waters all contain products from around the South China Sea and the India Ocean. During the 9-10th century, the mode of maritime trade between South China Sea to Indian Ocean was therefore centred in Palembang, Sri Vijaya, where the trade of the East and the West was primarily interconnected. The prosperity and decline of the Sri Vijaya Kingdom had a great impact on the trade between China and Arabian area, as well as more distant regions. 

    Professor QIN Dashu is professor at the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, where he received his BA, MA and PhD degrees. He is a world leading scholar on Chinese ceramics and is the author or editor of a few books or international conference proceedings. He has published over 100 articles and some of these are translated into Japanese, French, and Italian. Dashu has given talks at worldwide organisations such as SOAS and the Percival David Foundation of the London University, the Oriental Ceramic Society (London), Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics and the Asia Civilization Museum of Singapore. Two kiln site excavations led by Qin were listed as Top Ten China Archaeological Discoveries of the Year (2001 & 2009).

    Sponsoring by the Angkor Research Program, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the Chinese Studies Centre and the Confucius Institute.

    The Annual Lecture in Asian Art and Archaeology is endowed by Dr Lee Seng Tee, owner and director of Lee Industries, Singapore.

    Dr Lee Seng Tee has been a generous supporter of the Angkor Research Program of the University of Sydney.