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MEDIA ADVISORY: Ruined City With Biblical and Roman Connections Will Be Topic of Archaeology Discussion

October 25th, 2012

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

WHAT: Sabine Ladstätter, director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute and excavation director at Ephesus, will present “Ephesus: Harbor, City and Hinterland,” at the University of Missouri as part of the Archaeological institute of America’s National Lecture Program.

Ephesus, located in modern-day Turkey, was one of the largest, most populous and flourishing cities of the ancient Mediterranean world. As a major harbor, capital of the ancient Roman province of Asia, and an early Christian center and trading hub, Ephesus has a long history that is being explored in extensive and ongoing excavations. In her presentation, Ladstätter will give a glimpse into the many phases of this vibrant center of the Classical and post-Classical world.

The Central Missouri Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology in the College of Arts and Science will co-host the event, which is part of the Archaeological Institute of America’s National Lecture Program. Funding for the lecture has been provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in New York, which strives to support the work of scholars in the fields of ancient art.

WHO: Ladstätter has degrees from the University of Vienna and the Karl-Franzens-Universität, and is an expert in Roman archaeology, landscape archaeology, pottery and archaeological method. Ladstätter has been named Austrian Scientist of the Year.

The presentation is free and open to the public

WHERE: Room 106, Pickard Hall, MU Campus

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25

NOTE: The event will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. in the Cast Gallery in Pickard Hall