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Lecture reveals history behind ancient Egyptian pottery

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« on: February 02, 2010, 01:28:53 am »

 "People should see the exhibit as well because they are two parts of the same project," Orel said.

Orel said her favorite part of studying ancient pottery is it can tell anthropologists so much about the people who used it.

"The best thing about the material is what you've got is what people leave behind," Orel said. "It's the trash. Essentially what you're looking at is really what people were like then. These people are of the same class that most of our students come from, so it's a slice of life of a different society, and students should be interested in people."

Amber Johnson, chair of anthropology, geography and sociology, said Orel's exhibit is important anthropological material for students to study.

"The material is not the really fancy dynastic stuff that everybody thinks of when they think of Egyptian pottery," Johnson said. "They're really fairly simple pottery pieces that might be kind of clumsy looking, but we learn a lot from those when we know something about the context in which they were found and the role that they played in the lives of the people that might have used them."

Johnson said Orel's exhibit and presentation is especially important for people with an interest in archeology in Egypt because its simplicity makes it different from excavations usually shown in the mass media.

"It will give a different perspective on material from Egypt than a lot of what you see on National Geographic or the Discovery Channel," Johnson said.

Sheila Garlock, co-chair of the Faculty Forum Committee, said experiencing presentations and exhibits like Orel's is what makes the practice of having faculty forum lectures so important.

"Sometimes people will be an invited guest to another university and they go show other people what they're doing, but sometimes the people right around you don't ever have that opportunity," Garlock said. "The faculty forum gives us an opportunity to show off ourselves. "

Garlock also said she appreciates the faculty forums because she enjoys having the opportunity to learn new things.

"I'm really excited about Sara's lecture and exhibit." Garlock said. "I think it is a great opportunity for students and the general community to see something in Kirksville that we would not typically be able to see, to come and see some artifacts from Egypt and learn how Sara's been involved in that whole process."
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