What's on: 24 Mar

The First Ghosts - Masterclass

The First Ghosts - Masterclass

Dr Irving Finkel
Sunday 24 March
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of the Ancient Mesopotamian script, language and cultures department in the British Museum.

He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection - some 130,000 pieces - of any modern museum. This masterclass is envisaged as a loosely orchestrated seminar arising of Dr Finkel writing a book entitled The First Ghosts.

The central issue seeks to establish that the existence of the afterlife, survival of some part of a human being after death and thus the existence of ghosts goes back to the cusp of human evolution, and that it is hot-wired into human psyche and an ineradicable component of human psyche.

We examine the first archaeological evidence (100,000 BC) and the first textual evidence (2000-1000 BC) and the nature of ‘belief.’ We propose that the ‘spirit’ often referred to by the clergy and the ‘ghost’ often referred to elsewhere are but one and the same element.

The plan for this masterclass is to recruit vigour, rigour, laughter and good argument.

Dr Irving Finkel

Dr Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of the Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures department at the British Museum. He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection - some 130,000 pieces - of any modern museum.

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