1-29-2015 Mrea Csorba
The Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
(CIQR -- "seeker": http://www.duq.edu/ciqr/)
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Date: Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: At the Hands of Farmers, Grave Robbers, Archaeologists, and Historians: The Uneven Fate of Eurasian Steppe Artifacts
Presenter: Dr.Mrea Csorba, adjunct Assistant Professor, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh
Small, portable bronzes of Iron Age populations have been discovered across Eurasia from the Danube to the Amur rivers. Many sites were unearthed under compromised archeological circumstances but only some were discounted or misinterpreted. This paper focuses on diagnostic stag plaques recovered early in the twentieth century from the two lateral ends of the Eurasian steppe. It argues that scholarly assessment of material from northeast China and the Carpathian Basin of Hungary was derailed for nearly a century by mistaken assumptions, Western presumptions and nationalism of 20th century geopolitics.
Art historian Mrea Csorba received all three of her academic degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and teaches art history at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University as adjunct Assistant Professor since the early 90's.
Her MA thesis (1987) investigated horse-reliant cultures associated with Iron Age Scythian steppe culture. Her Ph.D. (1997) expanded research of pastoral groups to non-Chinese populations documented in northern China.
Current research continues the theme documenting diagnostic artifacts of Iron Age cultures into the lateral reaches of the Eurasian steppes. She first presented on the gold stag plaques of Hungary at the International Conference on China's Northern Zone at University of Pittsburgh, May 2012. She also presented Hungarian material with parallel material recently excavated in northeast China at the International Symposium hosted by the 1st Emperor's Institute of Archaeology in Xian, China, August, 2013. This presentation, "At the Hands of Farmers, Grave Robbers, Archeologists and Historians: The Uneven Fate of Eurasian Steppe Artifacts," is part of a paper delivered last May at the 2014 American Hungarian Educators' Association (AHEA) conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville entitled "A Bird Head in the Ear (and Tail) of a Stag."
All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.
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