Moon Gods and Shiny Jewelry: the Power of the Crescent in the Ancient Near East with Professor David Ilan

Date: March 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm Contact: Jodi ZicklinEmail:

The image of the crescent appears in various forms in the material culture of the ancient Near East. It also appears in Mesopotamian and Egyptian iconography. The image is most frequently associated with the crescent moon and its related deity. Dr. David Ilan, Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, will discuss the similarity of the crescent moon to cattle horns led to that species often becoming the zoomorphic attribute of the moon deity, whoever he or she was.

Presented by: David Ilan
A native of Los Angeles, David llan is the director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. He has excavated at Tel Arad, Tel Megiddo, and Tel Dan. He teaches at the Hebrew Union College and has taught at Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, and at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in mortuary archaeology, religion and ritual in the Chalcolithic period, the Middle Bronze Age, and the early Iron Age of the southern Levant. Since 2005, he has directed the excavations at Tel Dan in northern Israel. He is the editor of the journal NGSBA Archaeology. He is a visiting professor at CU Boulder's Center for Study of Origins.

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When: Mar 25, 2020 12:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Moon Gods and Shiny Jewelry with Professor David Ilan

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Wednesday, March 25 | 12 pm