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Gallery Talk: Digging up Ancient Samaria-Sebaste

Sepia-toned photograph of people carrying baskets on an active archaeological excavation, with a robed figure walking across the foreground.
Badawi Ahmed Abu Bakr, Egyptian, Workers at Samaria-Sebaste, July 30, 1909. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, A.290, TL42461.7.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Explore a display about early 20th-century excavations of the ancient city of Samaria-Sebaste, with curatorial fellow Caitlin Clerkin. You’ll learn how photographs and payroll records help us rewrite the history of archaeology—one that acknowledges the people behind the excavation of the objects on display.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Led by:
Caitlin Clerkin, Frederick Randolph Grace Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Art

Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as your general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museum.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.