President’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The annual ARISC President’s Distinguished Lecture highlights the work of a prominent scholar whose research and professional activities have made a significant contribution to the study of the South Caucasus. The lecture is free and open to students and scholars of the region along with ARISC donors, those interested in the cultures of the South Caucasus, and the general public.

Dr. Karen S. Rubinson

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

“What is a Picture Worth? Horses in the Bronze Age South Caucasus”

Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:00pm EST

Registration Required: Zoom Virtual Lecture

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The roles of horses in the lives of peoples in the past have been enthusiastically debated among archaeologists and historians. In this presentation, Dr. Karen S. Rubinson shares a case study offering a window into how horses were viewed and used in the Bronze Age South Caucasus. The springboard for this talk is a 4000-year-old painted ceramic jar decorated with horses excavated at a site in modern Armenia. Dr. Rubinson brings together evidence from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to shed light on the changing relationship of horses and humans over more than 1000 years in the South Caucasus.

Dr. Karen S. Rubinson is a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. She received her Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. She first visited the South Caucasus in 1973 when doing research for her dissertation on the Trialeti cultural tradition.