Science and Nature Smithsonian Associates Art Collectors Program Art and Architecture Philosophy and Religion
Hot Pots, Museum Raids, and the Race To Uncover Asia’s Archaeological Past
The chance discovery 50 years ago of beautiful Bronze Age artifacts in the Thai village of Ban Chiang, led to a new understanding of an ancient Asian culture. It also led to one of the largest antiquities-trafficking cases ever investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. In this evening program, discover an exciting detective story that also reveals the harm caused by archaeological looting.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Bronze Age: Civilization and Collapse
4-Session Daytime Course
After the cultural and technological evolution of the Late Bronze Age, the civilized and cosmopolitan world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic end—and its effects would echo for centuries. Eric Cline, a professor of classics and anthropology at George Washington University, surveys a dramatic period of achievement, upheaval, and collapse.
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 12:00 PM
The Holy Land in the Time of Herod
In the Gospel, King Herod the Great is associated with the Massacre of the Innocents. The truth of that event is open to scholarly debate, but there’s little doubt that Herod was the single greatest builder in the history of the Holy Land. Archaeologist Jodi Magness explores some of the major archaeological sites dating to Herod’s reign.  
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:30 AM