Excavating Ancient Religion

Andrew Henry
Religion scholar and former archaeological excavator Andrew Henry takes us on a journey into the past. We'll try to pinpoint the origins of religion and discuss the challenges of doing so.
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Wed, Apr 29
Wed, Apr 29
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Scholar and archaeologist Andrew Henry takes us on a journey into the past to discuss the challenges of pinpointing the origins of religion.Event Description: What did our Neolithic ancestors believe, and what rituals did they practice? How can we identify religion in the archaeological record in the first place? Join Andrew Henry in a discussion on the archaeology of religion. Topics will include exploring specific archaeological sites such as Göbekli Tepe, a Neolithic site in modern Turkey that some scholars argue is an early religious sanctuary. We will also explore modern theories about early religion and the difficulties scholars have encountered in attempting to identify “the origins” of religion. Event Location: This event will take place online via Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool. New to Zoom? After you buy your ticket, you'll receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to use it, and you'll be a pro in no time!Andrew’s Bio: Andrew Henry is a scholar of religious studies and a YouTube content creator. Andrew’s academic background spans ancient history, archaeology, and religious studies. He specializes in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world, focusing specifically on the archaeology of early Christianity in late antique Asia Minor and ancient Syria. He is a former archaeological excavator in Athens, Greece with the American School of Classical Studies and a research fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.Over the past five years, Andrew has worked on the forefront of online religious literacy education as the host and founder of Religion for Breakfast, the largest religious studies YouTube channel on the platform. Religion for Breakfast approaches religion as an academic subject through the lens of sociology, anthropology, history, and cognitive science.About Speakeasy: Speakeasy offers intimate events with compelling speakers and performers online via Zoom. Learn more about Speakeasy, and check out all of our events.

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