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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 18:00 to Friday, February 28, 2014 - 19:59
The British Academy

Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen and Dr Rosalind Wade Haddon on A New Look at Samarra: Small Finds from the Herzfeld Excavation in the Victoria and Albert Museum

BISI Annual Mallowan Lecture 

In 2013, BISI granted Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen and Dr Rosalind Wade Haddon the annual pilot project award to research, catalogue, photograph and conserve the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of 285 objects excavated at Samarra by Ernst Herzfeld in 1911-1913. This material encompasses architectural ornament in plaster, stone and wood, as well as objects in steatite, glass and ceramic. It forms a representative typeset of the finds from this landmark excavation, which are now widely dispersed across international museum collections; this project forms the first phase in an attempt to research and virtually reunite the Samarra finds. Dr Rosser-Owen and Dr Wade Haddon's lecture for BISI outlined the work undertaken over the past year, the discoveries that have been made, and how the Samarra material is now accessible through the museum’s website. It also sketched out the ambitions that remain for this collection, and the project’s next phases. 

Photo: Wall Painting Fragment from Samarra, courtesy of the V&A