Near Eastern Seminar Series (NESS) | Dr Margaret O’Hea (University of Adelaide)
Dr Margaret O’Hea (University of Adelaide)
“Unmasking Roman Pella”
The lack of a visible urban infrastructure for Roman Pella has long frustrated its excavators. Pella has no identifiable agora or macellum,
no gymnasion, theatre (but it does have an odeon), no nymphaeum, no cardo or decumani. Using evidence gleaned from the Pella Hinterland Survey, DAJ excavations in Area IX and aerial photographs courtesy of David Kennedy’s curated APAAME project, this paper challenges Smith’s
published claim from the ‘80s and early ‘90s that some if not most of these missing buildings might have been located in that part of the
Wadi Jirm between the tell to the north and Husn to the south. Finally, I will add a new architectural feature to the urban landscape of Pella.
Dr Margaret O’Hea is a Senior Lecturer in Classics and Director of the Departmental Museum of Classical Archaeology at the University of Adelaide. In 1982, she joined the Sydney University’s Expedition to Pella as a junior team member, and continues to be a senior member of the Pella excavation project. From 1994-1996, she co-directed the Pella Hinterland Survey jointly with Dr Pamela Watson. Margaret specialises in the analysis of glass in the ancient Near East – how it was used, in what proportions to other media of utensils, and how those uses changed over time and across regions. Most of this work is centred upon the Roman-Byzantine and early mediaeval periods in Jordan, Syria, southern Turkey and now central Greece.
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2 November 2020, 4:00-5:00pm
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