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Loyola hosts archaeology lecture on Early Celtic art

Loyola press release - September 27, 2010

Early Celtic art will be the topic of discussion at Loyola University New Orleans in a guest lecture by Peter S. Wells, Ph.D., professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota. “Meanings in Early Celtic Art” takes place Monday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

According to Wells, early Celtic art began appearing around 500 B.C. in Central and Western Europe, replacing the geometrical ornament of the Early Iron Age.

“This new style, with its dynamic patterns of floral forms and abundant use of human and animal faces and figures, became the basis not only for the Celtic art of the Late Iron Age, but also for the art styles of the late Roman and early medieval periods, Anglo-Saxon and Viking ornament, and later decorative fashions,” said Wells. “Recent archaeological discoveries enable us to examine the first uses of this new style and to address the question of its meaning to the people who created and used it.”

“Meanings in Early Celtic Art” is presented as a Max Arthur Cohn and Sarah Waldstein Cohn Memorial Lecture, established by Jane C. Waldbaum, adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and first vice president of the Archaeological Institute of America. The lecture is a tribute to Waldbaum’s parents and commemorates their lifelong fascination with archaeology.

For more information, contact Connie Rodriguez, associate professor of classical studies, at rodrigue@loyno.edu or 504-865-2287.