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From Table to Trash

The Life Cycle of Archaeological Objects: Uncovering the treasures of the faculty of archeology

Starting on 7 September, the Faculty of Archaeology will reveal its secrets in a new series of mini exhibitions of treasures from its own depots. The first of these exhibitions will shed light on mysteries surrounding Mesopotamian beverages and Iron Age acorns, but also discloses the realities of wining and dining with Erasmus. Objects on display include the first evidence of milk production and consumption in the world, 3000 year’s old garlic, crockery from ancient Greek symposia, vessels illustrating Islamic dining habits, Crusader’s tableware found in the Near East, 19th-century cutlery used by archaeologists digging for treasures, as well as discarded ceramic ‘rubbish’ saved from a Dutch cesspit.

‘From Table to Trash’ is the first of a series of rotating mini exhibitions of the scientific treasures of the Leiden Faculty of Archaeology, organized by staff members of this Faculty, featuring different topics and objects each half year.

Exhibition’s organizer: Dr. Joanita Vroom.

With the help of Prof. Peter Akkermans, Prof. Corrie Bakels, Prof. Menno Hoogland, Dr. Olivier Nieuwehuyse, Dr. Roos van Oosten, Dr. Marike van Aerde, Dr. Rachel Schats, Dr. Jason Laffoon, Loe Jacobs, Drs. Annemieke Verbaas, Suzan van de Velde, Mink van IJzendoorn, Timothy Stikkelorum, Fenno Noij, Josephine Say and Jaap Hoff.