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Event Details

Mon, February 13, 2023

18:00 – 19:30

Villa Sassetti
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy


Guest speaker: Bet Hucks

Moderated by: Justin Randolph Thompson, Co-founder and Director of Black History Month Florence 

Archaeologist and art historian Bet Hucks will discuss some of the ways personal stories can help develop new research perspectives and discuss the limits of modern approaches to the past, especially regarding communities who did not leave behind extensive written archives or archaeological artifacts. How can we try to answer questions about individual identity and shared cultural values using approaches from material culture, and what other paths are available?

An event in collaboration with Black History Month Florence.


(Image: Detail of Mosaic from Pompeii in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples)

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Bethany ‘Bet’ Hucks


Bethany ‘Bet’ Hucks is in the final year of her PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology and Egyptology at Heidelberg University. She has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Marist College and Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy and a Bachelor’s in History from Harvard University. Her research encompasses Roman transport, collecting, and display of Egyptian material culture; Classical reception; and the history of exhibitions. She uses 3D models and databases to recreate visual representations of display contexts and to provide access to students and researchers who would not otherwise be able to view or interact with physical objects. She has also worked on Bronze Age ceramics on excavations in the Mediterranean and Europe. She is a founding board member of Sportula Europe, a non-profit that provides microgrants to struggling and marginalized students and early career researchers in ancient Mediterranean studies.