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Postponed: Reconstructing Ancient Syria

Thursday, March 19, 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dear all: Thank you for your interest in this event. In response to UH’s actions concerning the current situation with the COVID-19, the event has been postponed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.


About the Event:

In the ancient past, Syria was defined both as a prominent crossroads between East and West and by the multiculturalism of its diverse inhabitants. This talk explores how the intersection of coins and digital methodologies can help reconstruct identity and evolving patterns of political exchange within ancient Syria. During the first part of the project, we collected a database of over 300,000 coin finds from excavations and hoards across the Mediterranean and Middle East and analyzed their distribution through digital mapping and the methodologies of Exploratory Data Analysis.


Speaker Bios:

Kristina Neumann, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Roman and Digital History at the University of Houston, focusing on the evolution of local and regional identities and communities of the Middle East under the Roman empire. Her current book project, under review with Cambridge University Press, analyzes the long-term development of one understudied city in northern Syria through a combination of digital technologies, exploratory data analysis and coin evidence. 


Peggy Lindner, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of Information & Logistics Technology. Her background is in engineering —she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field of mining & geotechnology — and she has built her career around data science education and digital humanities at UH since 2014.



University of Houston, PGH 216
Martin Huarte Espinosa
Associate Director
HPE Data Science Institute