Rediscovering the Lost Empire of the Ancient Hittites

This presentation on April 21st 2018, presented by The University of Queensland’s Hittitologist Prof. Trevor Bryce, will investigate how, through archaeological evidence and language dicipherment, historians are beginning to understand this lost civilisation.  The ancient Hittites Empire once spanned from Turkey’s western coast to the Euphrates river and south through Syria onto the Damscus borders.  However, we have known little about this civilisation until the last 140 years.  The purpose of the event is to engage with Friends’ members and visitors through an educative presentation.  The presentation begins at 2.00pm and is followed with questions and afternoon tea, concluding around 4.00pm.

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Cuneiform text

From Clay Tablets to Digital Tablets

The Reed Stylus and Clay Tablet

From clay tablets to digital tablets.  Today texting, typing, writing, memes, … there are so  many ways in which we communicate with others;  technology has opened a veritable Pandora’s box of possibilities. Communications have become shorter and more frequent, full of the expectation of an immediate response.  The result is our modern world seems to travel at break-neck speed.  It is hard to imagine what it was like at the beginning of recorded time when humankind first put pen to paper… well, actually not paper — or pen for that matter — but a reed stylus to clay tablet.

Clay Tablet with Cuneiform

As you may be aware, one of the earliest forms of writing is called Cuneiform. Cuneiform is thought to have been first developed by the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia c 3500 – 3000 BC. Mesopotamian scribes recorded everything from daily events such as trade records and sales dockets to astronomical happenings and political events. I was surprised to learn that some tablets inscribed with cuneiform were written in several different languages …

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Her Breath Smelt of Mint and Myrrh – Floor Talk

THE ABBEY MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY PRESENTS:

Her Breath Smelt of Mint and Myrrh

How do the modern standards of beauty compare to those of the Middle Ages? Does your daily beauty routine measure up? Join the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology for a myth-busting and sweet-smelling Floor Talk that explores the perfumes, scented cosmetics, mouthwashes and hygiene products of the Middle Ages.

The Abbey Museum’s own Education Manager, Mr Damien Fegan not only busts the myth that the people of the Middle Ages smelt terrible and all had rotten teeth, but presents the argument that the beauty products of the Middle Ages aren’t actually that far removed from those of modern times! In fact: did you know that there is not a single beauty product on the market today that did not have a Middle Ages equivalent?

We’ve had minty breath for hundreds of years!

DATE: Saturday 5th August

TIME: 2.00pm Start

PLACE: Abbey Museum Hall at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Dr Geoff Ginn talks about the Abbey Museum history

A Morning out of the Museum Office

The Moreton Bay History Seminar was held at North lakes Community Centre on 11th May 2017 as part of the National Trust sponsored Australian Heritage Festival. A number of Abbey Museum staff and volunteers attended and were especially keen to hear the second speaker, Dr Geoff Ginn, who spoke about the history of the Abbey Museum and its founder J.S.M Ward.

The morning consisted of three speakers on very diverse subjects – but all related  in one way or another to the local region.

The first speaker, Dr Regina Ganter, professor of Australian History at Griffith University, spoke of the missions at Zion Hill and Stradbroke Island. Her talk examined the social experiment that these missions represented and why they both failed to achieve the results that were initially expected of them. In discussing the difficulties encountered by the missionaries, Dr Ganter touched on the expectations placed on them by their home societies, as well as local issues which affected their efforts.

Dr Geoffrey Ginn, Senior Lecturer in History at the University …

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To Hell and Back – Floor Talk

THE ABBEY MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY PRESENTS:

To hell and back again in the Anatolian Bronze Age

Get ready to travel back in time! Imagine that the year is 1200BC; the Late Bronze Age civilisations of the Mediterranean world are collapsing! What is causing this collapse? An invasion from Europe? Famine? Climate Catastrophes? Civil Wars? A Zombie Outbreak!? All these and more (yes, even the zombies!) have all been cited as responsible for this extreme cultural uproar!

Join the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and guest speaker Mr. Andrew Fairbairn, and explore the rise and fall of cultures from the civilisational collapse that heralded the end of the Early Bronze Age world including that of the Hittite Empire, based in the highlands of central Turkey.

Guest Lecturer, Mr Andrew Fairbairn, is not only an esteemed archaeobotanist, but is an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Archaeology at The University of Queensland. Mr Fairbairn is a co-director of the Boncuklu excavation project in Turkey and is currently researching the development …

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Tell Halaf and the Cradle Of Civilization Floor Talk + Special Artefact Display

Tell Halaf and the Cradle Of Civilization

It was while travelling through Syria trying to find the best route for the proposed Baghdad railways that a bizarre tale of stone statues in the form of human-animal hybrids came to the ears of Max von Oppenheim, attaché to the German embassy in Cairo and scholar in his own right. Oppenheim, a keen amateur archaeologist was intrigued by these rumours and started to investigate the site which would become famous as Tell Halaf.

In this talk, retired archaeologist, Vera Windau Heath, will take us on a journey back to the cradle of civilization and the remarkable story of the people who built this intriguing city. Vera will also share her personal experience of visiting and excavating this historic site and the secrets it continues to reveal to archaeologists.

Join us for afternoon tea following the talk as well!

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Vlad Dracula, the Infamous Impaler – Floor Talk

THE ABBEY MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY PRESENTS:

Vlad Dracula, the Infamous Impaler

There is so much myth, mystery and controversy surrounding the life of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes. Was he a Hero or a Villain?

Join the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology with guest lecturer, esteemed author and amateur historian, Jodie Lane and delve into the turbulent life of Vlad Dracula. Decide for yourself who Vlad Dracula really was as the man, the myths and the legends of the Infamous Impaler are unraveled and explored! Ms Lane will not only be sharing some of the history that inspired her latest novel: “Transylvanian Knight” but will explore some of the “Vlad” character, as seen through the eyes of the time-travelling heroine.

Ms Jodie Lane is a Brisbane based author who has combined her love of travel and adventure with delightful stories about the past. She has studied a variety of modern history topics at the University of Queensland, written numerous novellas and will have her books available, on the 25th of February, for purchase, signed by Jodie herself.

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