Team 3: Material Culture and Community Heritage

Our team “Material Culture and Community Heritage” utilizes a material culture perspective to investigate the dialectics of empire and heritage in both ancient and modern local communities inhabiting the imperial fringes, and to provide a sustainable future for this material through engagement. This includes arranging a regional archaeological study in northern Jordan and developing a community archaeology project around fieldwork; studying materials, trade connections, and local identities across the fringes using a variety of archaeological analyses; providing public engagement with stored-away Middle Eastern objects in Finnish museum collections; and organizing a museum exhibition with Finnish partner museums.