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Cultural Material Girls: Exploring Ancient Rome through Artifacts

August 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm 5:45 pm EDT

Going back to the days of cavemen, humans have always loved stuff. Material culture is the relationship between people and their stuff, and studying material culture can give us unique insights into the lives of people and societies long gone. In this 45-minute workshop, girls entering grades 9-11 will go back in time to the world of ancient Rome through an exploration of things: household items, jewelry, games, toys and so much more. We will focus especially on the experience of girls and women in the ancient world; although their voices are often absent in the written record, we can find glimpses into their lives through their belongings. We will dig into the field of archaeology and material culture and end by taking an archaeological lens to our own items. This workshop will be highly interactive, involving writing and drawing responses as well as engagement with other students in the large group and breakout rooms. 

Students should be prepared with paper and a writing utensil, with drawing utensils optional.