The Head of Art History at University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Holly Pittman, will give a lecture on Queen Puabi, one of the most famous queens of Sumer, the oldest civilization of Mesopotamia.
Dr. Holly Pittman has excavated in Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Her current research interests revolve around the excavations of the sites of Konar Sandal South and North in the region of Jiroft in south-central Iran.
Dr. Pittman's lecture focuses on the grave site of the queen of Sumer. The Queen's graves both show the immense wealth of the earliest cities of Iraq, and raises questions about the status of women and the role of the afterlife. Her grave is exceptional in that roughly 54 men and women were sent to their death, when she died. It is the most famous case of mass suicide in ancient Mesopotamia. Read more: http://bit.ly/1fJXuH
Update: You can listen to Dr. Pittman's lecture in the podcast below.