The VALUE project: Video Games and Archaeology at Leiden University

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The VALUE project: Video Games and Archaeology at Leiden University

ASOR June 2017

“What do video games have to do with archaeology? The worlds of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario Bros., or Tetris seem a far cry from anything archaeologists usually work on. But both involve imagining and visualizing worlds populated by humans, with human behavior and culture (and sometimes with mutated humans, aliens, the undead, and giant gorillas throwing barrels). VALUE (Videogames and Archaeology at Leiden University) began two and a half years ago. One of our many goals is to show the great potential video games have for archaeology in terms of public outreach, heritage preservation, and education, but also for actual research.”

Sumerian Art to Modern Art from Gudea to Miro

Sumerian Art to Modern Art from Gudea to Miro

ASOR June 2017

“Artists always turn to their predecessors for inspiration. The impact of Mesopotamia on Modern Art was as significant as it was unexpected. But it was a case of artists being inspired by “art” that had been created thousands of years earlier and for completely different purposes.

The ‘Golden Age’ of archaeological excavations in Mesopotamia came from the 1920s until the end of World War II, when Iraq and Syria gained their independence from Britain and France. During this period Sumerian and Akkadian artworks and texts became increasingly well known as information spread widely through both scientific and popular publications, academic conferences, and temporary exhibitions.”

 

Pair of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Hits Iran

This is huge–sorry to sound like Trump on this one. But Da’esh is not taking on Tehran in a big way. This is a Sunni attack on Shia at their very core.

Pair of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Hits Iran

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