Date: 8-9 December 2022
Venue: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35, DK-1553 Copenhagen
After more than a decade of intense scholarship undertaken on Palmyra – independent of, but unfortunately in parallel with, the civil war in Syria, which still is raging in the country – we now stand at the end of the Palmyra Portrait Project. The corpus, comprising almost 4,000 Palmyrene sculptural objects, is in press and will, when published in 2023, change the way in which sculptural material from the Roman period must be dealt with in the future. There is no doubt that the corpus will be the baseline for a paradigm shift in scholarship on Roman-period sculpture, as well as the archaeology of the site more broadly. Over the years, numerous new research questions have arisen out of the Palmyra Portrait Project. Some of these have been tackled in the spin-off projects of the Palmyra Portrait Project, Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives and Circular Economy and Urban Sustainability in Antiquity: The Case of Palmyra. However, numerous other questions have been researched in tandem with colleagues around the world, and many have initiated new projects of their own, focusing on a variety of other questions concerning the archaeology and history of Palmyra.
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on Palmyra and open a joint reflection on the scholarship undertaken on the site over the past decade – also, but not only, in light of the conflict in Syria and the massive destruction of the cultural heritage at the site and beyond. Furthermore, the intention is to set out a new set of research questions that must be answered collaboratively in the future and to identify the evidence and skills needed in order to address new avenues of research. The key questions to be addressed in each paper – through the evidence you are working with – are:
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