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Postcards from the Past: Ancient Qatna and its Royal Tomb

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Join us for the next lecture in our 2017 Saturday series, Postcards from the Past, by Dr Paul Donnelly.

“Strengthen the city of Qatna until I will come!”
So reads an unpublished tablet from a local king to Idanda king of Qatna, c. 1340 BC.

Ancient Qatna (Tell Mishrefeh) was one of the wealthiest and most famous cities of Middle and Late Bronze Age (2000–1200 BC) Syria until its destruction in c. 1340 BC. The site lies near the embattled modern township of Homs, in central western Syria. In 2008 Paul spent time at Qatna with a German excavation team researching links between the north Jordan Valley and this powerful city state. This visit took place shortly after the spectacular discovery of Syria’s most complete and royal burial, located directly under the palace to better facilitate the royal family’s monthly mysterious ‘kispum’ ritual of dining with the dead. The story of Qatna and its unfolding secrets reads stranger than fiction …

Dr Paul Donnelly is the Associate Director, Museum Content, Chau Chak Wing Museum, incorporating the Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Collection at Sydney University Museums.



Image Credit: Qatna, Syria [www.commons.wikimedia.com].

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