Enchanting cities II 2022 - Urfa/Edessa/Harran/Gobleki Tepe

Enchanting cities II 2022

13 August 2022 - 13 August 2022 10.30am - 11.30am
Domain Theatre
Join archaeologist Iain Shearer as he mesmerises us with the history of Urfa, a truly enchanted city. Urfa, “City of Prophets”, was shaped by our most ancient ancestors, without metal or the wheel, 12,000 years ago at enigmatic Gobleki Tepe. Locals still worship at a beautiful mosque dedicated to the prophet Abraham’s memory, complete with pool of sacred fish originally dedicated to Persian Anahita, or Sumerian Nana. Romans, Byzantines, and Crusader knights created stunning mosaics, icons and devotional chant. An Islamic university dominates ruined Harran, saved by Harun al-Rashid, Caliph of ‘One thousand and one nights.’

Iain Shearer, archaeologist and lecturer, was educated at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology. Iain is the former Sackler Scholar for Afghanistan and Iran at The British Museum and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2008.

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