Archaeological Talk At Bruce Museum

“Empire, Prayer, and Industry at the Roman and Neo-Punic Urban Mound of Zita, Tunisia” will be the subject of Professor Brett Kaufman, Thursday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m. at the Bruce Museum. Sponsored by the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (the AAG), the lecture is free to AAG, museum members and students with ID, and $15 to the public.

Dr. Kaufman is the principal investigator and founding Co-Director of the Zita Project in Southern Tunisia. These excavations and survey are the first to be undertaken by the U.S.-Tunisian archaeological collaboration since the Arab Spring. Zita, meaning Olive City in Punic, was incorporated into the Roman Empire following the destruction of Carthage in 146 BC. Over three seasons (2013-2015), Professor Kaufman’s team from the Tunisian Institute National du Patrimoine, UCLA and Brown have worked to provide a picture of the cultural changes that occurred at Zita over many centuries before its abrupt abandonment around 300 AD.

Dr. Kaufman has a BA from Brandeis University and Ph.D from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.