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THE PASSION OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Thursday 26 February 2015 
AfK - conference hall - 6.30 pm
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A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A NOVELIST AND AN ARCHAEOLOGIST

Thursday 26 February – Conference Hall – 6:30 pm

In her latest novel, A God in every stone, Kamila Shamsie tells the story of Miss Rose Spencer, a young English lady whose archaeological explorations starting from Turkey lead her to what is now the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. The young Najeeb Gul becomes her guide and apprentice. She develops a tender relationship with this boy who later goes on to become an archeologist in his own right.

This novel is many things at the same time: the sentimental journey of a young lady entwined with her passion for archaeology as well as a historical and sociological study of the Pashtoon people. We lean from this novel that the finality of archaeology is not stones but the richness of human and social experiences it leads to.

Talking of her novel, Kamila Shamsie will dialogue with Aurore Didier, a young French archaeologist who spent 8 years in Kech district of Makran, unearthing the pre-Moen-Jo-Daro civilization in that region. They will discuss about the human and social experiences which constitute the real passion of archaeology.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels: In the City by the Sea; Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Salt and Saffron; Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into more than twenty languages, and her last novel A God in every stone.

Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.
Dr. Aurore Didier is a permanent researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and head of the French Archaeological Mission in the Indus Basin (MAFBI). She specializes on the proto-history of southern Pakistan with a focus on the Bronze Age and the Indus civilization. She has conducted excavations in Kech-Makran (2001-2007) under the leadership of Dr. Roland Besenval in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology and Museums of Pakistan and recently published a book on the 3rd millennium BCE pottery from southwestern Balochistan. She is preparing a book on the Indus civilization period in Makran and starting new field studies in collaboration with Sindh Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department.
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