The intact burial ground of Queen Puabi, which dates back more than 4,000 years, and a lavish mass burial which was described by its excavator as the "Great Death Pit," provide a uniquely illuminating view into the beliefs of ancient Sumerians. In the closing lecture of the Wolf Humanities Center's 2017-18 Forum on Afterlives, Dr. Holly Pittman, Curator, Near East Section; Penn's Bok Family Professor in the Humanities; and a curator of the new Middle East Galleries, describes the Queen's tomb, how it reflects the elaborate and expensive rituals associated with the passing of members of elite society from this world to the next, and what this tells us about notions of life after death in early Mesopotamia. Before the lecture, guests are invited to tour Penn Museum's new Middle East Galleries. 3:00-4:00pm: Curator-led Tours (pre-registration required); 4:00-5:00: Open Gallery. .
Free Admission. Registration required: wolfhumanities.upenn.edu.