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Saturday University: Archaeology of the Spice Trade

Jan 8 2022

Seattle Asian Art Museum


10 AM – 11:30 AM

By the 15th century, Island Southeast Asia was a center of trade and wealth, with cosmopolitan cities and globally connected citizens. Two hundred years later, merchant capitalism and colonialism transferred much of that wealth to Europe, a plunder of unprecedented scale. Decades of conflict and instability left the region impoverished, conditions that persist in some areas to this day. What can we learn about these global processes from the tiny tropical islands at the epicenter of the spice trade?

Archaeologist Peter Lape will share results of excavations in eastern Indonesia, once the world’s sole source of the fragrant gold of nutmeg, mace, and cloves. Lape is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington and is also the Curator of Archaeology and Associate Director for Research and Collections at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

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This program is currently offered on a pay-what-you-want basis, to keep it accessible for all. Any amount you donate helps the museum continue its programming.
Saturday University lectures are organized by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas in collaboration with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Photo: Sven Haakanson

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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