Seeing the wood and the trees?

Exploring the role of (sacred) trees and forests in time and space

Seminar organized by the Cult ClusterPoster text on the seminar
Department of Archaeology and Ancient history
Wednesday 17 March 2021, at 13.15-17.45

13.15 Introduction (GUNNEL EKROTH)
13.30-14.00 MICHAEL KERSCHNER (Austrian Academy of Sciences and Leiden University): A sacred oak tree as cultic and topographic centre of the Artemision of Ephesos
14.00-14.30 VINCENZA FERRARA (Uppsala University): The olive: a sacred tree for all the stomachs. Religious syncretism, ecological melting pot and material reasoning behind the most untouchable tree in Sicily
14.30-15.00 COLLEEN KRON (Ohio State University): A tree without a grove? The bright cypress in the Orphic-Bacchic Gold Tablets
15.00-15.15 Break
15.15-15.45 PASCOAL GOTA (Uppsala University): Situating local knowledge, practices and habitus in maintaining sacred forests in Mozambique
15.45-16.15 EMELIE BYSTRÖM (Uppsala University): In the trees and below the water. Experiencing an ancient cult place to the nymphs
16.15-16.30 Break
16.30-17.00 ANNELI EKBLOM (Uppsala University): Forest paths: fusing heritage and conservation in locally protected areas
17.00-17.30 MICHAEL GIVEN (University of Glasgow): Dancing round trees: Woodland conviviality in Archaic to Roman Cyprus
17.30-17.45 Final discussion

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