Phoenician Archaeological Sites in the Mediterranean with Dr. Jeremy Hayne

Phoenician Archaeological Sites in the Mediterranean with Dr. Jeremy Hayne


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What do we know of the Phoenicians, those tricky and nefarious traders from Homer's epics? Traditionally much maligned in the classical sources, these fascinating yet still shadowy people were innovators and technologists whose influence peaked in the Mediterranean between the 9th and the 6th centuries BCE. 

However, knowledge of the Phoenicians in the English-speaking world has been patchy at best. Even their name was a foreign invention. They left few written records and often took second place to the ancient Greeks in Classical studies. The key to their civilization's rediscovery has been the archaeological remains they left behind; from child sacrifices at the Tophet to their monuments and metalwork this talk attempts to disentangle myth from reality and provide a fresh overview of their place in the ancient world and their achievements. 

Led by an archaeologist and expert on the Ancient Western Mediterranean, Jeremy Hayne, this conversation will introduce the Phoenicians and the evidence they left behind in the west, capturing the essential aspects of this population through a study of their archaeology – focusing on the island of Sardinia. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of these people and a greater appreciation of their importance in the ancient Mediterranean world. 

Jeremy has a Ph.D. in Mediterranean Archaeology from Glasgow University and is an active archaeologist working in Sardinia. He is the author of several scientific articles on the ancient Mediterranean and a book chapter on the Phoenicians in Italy. He lives and works in Italy.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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