British archaeologist Irving Finkel to deliver talk in Kochi


Kochi, Sep 24: Noted British philologist and archaeologist Dr Irving Leonard Finkel will deliver a lecture in the city this weekend during his visit to Kerala from September 24 to 27. 

 The event is co-hosted by the Kochi Biennale Foundation along with the Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) and the British Council.

The lecture titled “A Great Adventure: The Ark before Noah” will be held at David Hall in Fort Kochi, on September 26 (Saturday) at 6.30 pm. The sexagenarian Assyriologist will be touring key historical sites in the state as part of the visit.

This was announced during a media conference which was attended by Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) Research Coordinator Bonny Thomas, Research Officer attached to Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) Dr Preeta Nair, and Research Associate Dr Deepak Nair.

Dr Finkel is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia at the British Museum, London. He specializes in ancient Mesopotamian medicine and magic, and is also doing extensive research in literature and religion in this part of the world.

Dr Finkel’s area of interest lies in the history of board games, especially in the preservation of traditional board games in many non-western societies.

He is currently working on a major project titled “The Indian Board Game Survey” in collaboration with the Anthropological Survey of India.

The other partners associating with Dr Finkel’s visit and related events are College of Fine Arts and the British Association of Scholars (Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi chapters).

Dr Finkel will also visit Pattanam archaeological site near North Paravur, where he will interact with archaeology students and researchers.

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