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Christmas Lecture: Timbuktu Under Threat

Thursday 13 December 2012

Christmas Lecture: Timbuktu Under Threat

This year’s ICOMOS-UK Christmas lecture will explore the background behind the recent headlines on the destruction of the Timbuktu tombs that with the three great mosques of Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall the city’s golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Professor MacDonald will look at the long history of Timbuktu, its involvement with the trans-Saharan gold trade, its role as a remarkable centre of learning, and the significant archive of hundreds of thousands of scholarly manuscripts produced between the 13th and 20th centuries. He will show just how much is at stake in terms of the way the city and its immovable and movable heritage contribute to our knowledge of the whole history of West Africa and to the development of scientific, historical and other ideas.

Join us after the lecture for wine and mince pies.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446