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Plagioclase, Pots, and People in 6th century Boeotia, Greece

by Science on Tap Philadelphia

Monday, March 08, 2021 |
6:00PM - 7:00PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Fossils as seen through a microscope.


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Join us as we discuss how science, history, archaeology, and art history can combine in exciting and unexpected ways to give us insight into what life was like in the ancient world. Using her dissertation research on Archaic pottery from Boeotia, Greece, Janelle Sadarananda will discuss how archaeologists move conceptually from the microscopic analysis of minerals to the sociopolitical realities of life in ancient Greece, and why this kind of research is worthwhile.

Janelle Sadarananda is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in the graduate group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW). Her dissertation research focuses on pottery production in Archaic Boeotia, Greece. She currently works at the site of Eleon in Boeotia, and has worked at Hacımusalar Höyük in southwestern Turkey, Gordion in central Turkey, and Corinth in Greece. From 2017-2019, she lived in Athens as a member of the American School of Classical Studies. She is a member of the Pyrotechnology Research Group in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials at Penn. At the Penn Museum, she serves as a cultural content provider for programs like Ancient Alcohol After Hours and the upcoming Invisible Beauty exhibit tour and worked as a Graduate Assistant for the teaching collection in the Learning and Public Engagement department.

Free to Registered Guests

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Science on Tap is a monthly gathering in Philadelphia that features public discussion on engaging science topics. Held on the second Monday of every month, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people.