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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

London Diary for the Ancient Near East: No.25

Compiled and circulated by the London Centre for the Ancient Near East

Thurs 1 May 18.30
Robert Skelton
Sultanate painting from India
Basement Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Islamic Art Circle, 5th Toby Falk Memorial Lecture. Contact Edward Gibbs 020 8374 2391, edwardgibbs@hotmail.com

Thurs 1 May 18.30 & 19.30
Christopher Walker
Libraries of ancient Iraq18.30 & 19.30
Sally Irving
The treasures of ancient IraqMeeting point Room 4, British Museum: The Past of Iraq - Understanding the country’s great archaeological heritage, free gallery talks as part of BM Friends Open Evening. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 3 May 11.15
George Hart
Egyptian hieroglyphs: origins and system
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 64

Sat 3 May 13.15
George Hart
Life in the Pyramid Age
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 4

Thurs 8 May
One Day International Colloquium
Recent archaeological fieldwork in Sudan
British Museum WC1. Sudan Archaeological Research Society. Tickets £15 (£10 to SARS members, £12.50 to BMF) obtainable from The Honorary Secretary, SARS, Dept Egypt and Sudan. British Museum London WC1B 3DG (enclose s.a.e.). Contact 020 7323 8500. www.sudarchrs.org.uk

Thurs 8 May 18.30
Nicole Douek
Petra: Caravan city of the desert
BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum WC1. BMF lecture, tickets £7.50. Contact 020 7323 8566 www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 8 May 18.30
John J Norwich
David Roberts
Egyptian Cultural Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Thurs 8 May 19.00
Jonathan Dimbleby
The challenge for Ethiopia
Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture. Contact David Jackson, tel: 020 7426 3630, fax: 020- 7426 3631, e-mail: dj_architect_uk@yahoo.com

Thurs 8 May 19.00
Leah Niederstadt
What’s up art: making a living and maintaining integrity in Addis Ababa’s contemporary art market
Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture. Contact David Jackson, tel: 020 7426 3630, fax: 020- 7426 3631, e-mail: dj_architect_uk@yahoo.com

Fri 9 May 11.15
George Hart
Sarcophagi from Egypt’s last dynasties
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 4

Fri 9 May 18.30
Harry Smith
The Petrie heritage: ‘Petrie’s pups’ 1930 - 1980
Rm G6, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Square WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum, W.M. Flinders Petrie Anniversary lecture series, followed by reception in the Petrie Museum. Non-members welcome. Contact voicemail 020 7679 2369, e-mail: janpicton@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Sat 10 May 11.15
George Hart
Pharaoh’s favourite? The autobiography of Ptahshepses
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 4

Sat 10 May 13.15
George Hart
Egyptian myths
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 4

Mon 12 May 19.00
Marianne Bergmann
Who made Late Roman art? Constantinople as a centre of production of late antique sculpture
Rm 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS / British Museum / Royal Holloway seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 14 May 11.15
Lesley Fitton
The Greek Bronze Age
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 12

Wed 14 May 13.15
Irving Finkel
The epic of Gilgamesh
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 55

Wed 14 May 15.30
Jeremy Rutter
Off-island ceramic imports to Kommos, Crete: new discoveries, identification and old problems resolved
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Mycenaean seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 14 May 18.00
James Taylor
Traditional Arab sailing ships
Lecture Theatre G2, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. British Yemeni Society lecture. Contact Julian Paxton , tel: 020 8940 6101. E-mail: julian@paxton23.freeserve.co.uk, www.al-bab.com/bys/

Thurs 15 May 18.30
Richard Parkinson
An ancient Egyptian poem and the modern world: the tale of Sinuhe
Egyptian Cultural Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Thurs 15 May 13.15
Vesta Curtis
Persian myths
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 52

Fri 16 May 18.00
John Barron
Westward Christian soldier: St George before the crusades
Queen’s Lecture Theatre 169, Royal Holloway College Hellenic Institute. Contact Jonathan Harris, RHUL: jonathan.harris@rhul.ac.uk. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Sat 17 May 11.15
George Hart
Ancient contacts: Egypt and Cyprus
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 72

Sat 17 May 11.15
George Hart
Egyptian pharaohs and Hittite kings
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 64

Sat 17 May 14.00
Study Day
Secrets of the mummies: scientific studies of death, disease, and daily life in ancient Egypt
Main Lecture Theatre, Cruciform Building, UCL WC1. Bloomsbury Academy colloquium. Tickets £15. Ticket Office, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1. www.Egyptology-uk.com/Bloomsbury. 020 7388 8822

Mon 19 May 19.00
Joann Freed
Who made Late Roman art? The mosaic of the months and seasons from Carthage
Rm 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS / British Museum / Royal Holloway seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Mon 19 May 18.00
Walter Loebl
Medicine in Egyptian Canaan
Lecture Theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Soc. Tel. Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467

Tues 20 May 11.15
Delia Pemberton
Christian and Islamic Egypt
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 66

Tues 20 May 17.30
Janet Watson
Social issues in Sanaa today
Main Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Society for Arabian Studies lecture follows AGM. Details ionisthompson@ukonline.co.uk; www.britac.ac.uk/sas

Wed 21 May 18.30
Jeremy Johns
Signs of the times: Arabic signatures as an index of acculturation in Norman Sicily
Basement Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Islamic Art Circle. Contact Edward Gibbs 020 8374 2391, edwardgibbs@hotmail.com

Thurs 22 May 18.00
Steven Lowenstein
The relationship between Jewish folk traditions and "official Judaism"
Reception 18.00 Eisai Common Room, lecture 18.30 Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL. Institute of Jewish Studies Alexander Altmann Memorial lecture. Contact 020 7679 3520; fax 7209 1026; e-mail uclhvtm@ucl.ac.uk; webpage http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrew-jewish/ijs

Thurs 22 May 18.30
Carol Andrews
From Memnon to mummy powder: ancient Egypt through foreign eyes
Egyptian Cultural Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Fri 23 May 19.00
Susan Walker
Cleopatra’s ancestors
Clore Centre, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Ticket prices, contact The British Museum Box Office 020 7323 8181. E-mail events@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk / www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 24 May 11.15
A Xavier
Art of ancient Cyprus
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 72

Sat 24 May 12.30
Study Day
Aging the royal mummies
Lecture theatre 2, Cruciform Building, UCL WC1. ISIS Study Day. Free admission

Tues 27 May 11.15
Carolyn Perry
What is Islamic art?
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 34

Fri 30 May 18.00
Deborah Klimburg-Salter
The mystery of the Parinirvana Buddha at Bamaiyan
Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. CIAA lecture. Contact Hilary Smith: ciaa@mistral.soas.ac.uk

Sat 7 June 14.00
Alessandro Barchiesi
Masculinity in the nineties - Statius’ Achilleid
Barry Cunliffe
The economy of the Romano-British countryside: a review
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Roman Society AGM and lectures. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Mon 9 June 17.30
Hugh Williamson
Archaeological light on the prophet Isaiah
Lecture Theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture follows AGM. Tel. Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467

Wed 11 June 18.00
Stephan Schmid
Progress on the Wadi Farasa (Petra) project
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum WC1. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture follows AGM. Contact 020 7935 5379; fax 020 7486 7438; ExecSec@PEF.org.uk; www.pef.org.uk

Wed 11 June 18.30
Ernst Grube
The Capella Palatina ceiling: How Fatimid is it?
Basement Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Islamic Art Circle. Contact Edward Gibbs 020 8374 2391, edwardgibbs@hotmail.com

Thurs 12 June 17.30
Jane Moon
Looking for more Dilmun: excavations at Saar, Bahrain 1990-99
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1. British School of Archaeology in Iraq lecture. Non-members are welcome to attend. Please confirm your attendance to: BSAI Sec. Mrs J P MacIver at bsai@britac.ac.uk or tel. 01440 785 244, 020 7969 5274 (voice mail), fax 020 7969 5401

Thurs 12 June 18.30
Rosalie David
The chemists of ancient Egypt: modern scientific studies on cosmetics, therapeutics and mummification techniques
Egyptian Cultural Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Sat 14 June
One day conference
African archaeology in Britain and Ireland
Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 31-34 Gordon Square WC1H OPY. Ticket costs and further details from Dr Kevin MacDonald tel: 020 7679 1534, fax: 020 7383 2572, or Dr Andrew Reid tel: 020 7679 153, fax: 020 7383 2572, e-mail: a.reid@ucl.ac.uk

Sat 14 June 10.00
Study Day
Oman past and present
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Tickets £28/ BMF25. Contact The British Museum Box Office 020 7323 8181. E-mail events@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk / www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 14 June 11.15
Delia Pemberton
Meet the mummies
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 63

Sat 14 June 13.15
Delia Pemberton
Feasting and merrymaking in ancient Egypt
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 63

Sat 14 June 14.00
J Michael Walton
From Attic to best-seller: ancient drama for the audience of today?
David Wiles
Greek Masks
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Hellenic Society AGM and lectures. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

17-19 June
Conference
Science in medieval and early modern Jewish thought
Institute of Jewish Studies. Contact 020 7679 3520; fax 7209 1026; e-mail uclhvtm@ucl.ac.uk; webpage http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrew-jewish/ijs

Tues 17 June 18.00
tba
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1. British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara Professor O.R. Gurney Memorial Lecture. Details from Gina Coulthard, e-mail: biaa@britac.ac.uk www.biaa.ac.uk/lectures.html

Fri 20 June 18.00
John Taylor
House of eternity? the re-use of tombs and their contents in ancient Egypt
Rm G6, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Square WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture follows AGM, followed by the Summer Party, (party - ticket only). Non-members welcome at lecture. Contact voicemail 020 7679 2369, e-mail: janpicton@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Sat 21 June
Study Day
The Lord of the Two Lands: aspects of Egyptian kingship
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. EES Study day. Tickets £20. Contact 020 7242 1880, eeslondon@talk21.com31 June-4 July
British Museum Summer School
Greek myth: origins and influence
British Museum Education Dept, 020 7323 8511/8854; education@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

6 July 17:00
Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Michael Godley, Peter Gardiner, Jonathan Fowles, Dan Peacefield and others
The Epic of Gilgamesh: a dramatic reading
Produced by David Raeburn, script by Andrew George
SOAS, Russell Sq WC1. Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre. Admission £20 by ticket only. Booking office Roya Shahr-Yazdi, London Middle East Institute 020 7898 4340 e-mail meconf@soas.ac.uk

7-11 July
49e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale
International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology
NINEVEH
On the occasion of the British Museum’s 250th anniversary the London Centre for the Ancient Near East, acting for the British Museum and colleges of the University of London, takes pleasure in inviting scholars and other interested participants to convene for RAI 49 at the British Museum
As well as papers on Nineveh, the programme will include workshops on the Ur III period and on Babylonian medicine. Other papers will present new discoveries in research and from the field.Time will be found for discussion of the recent looting of the Iraq Museum and its aftermath
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1 and SOAS, Russell Sq WC1. Tickets £60, students £30. For further information look up www.let.leidenuniv.nl/rencontre/RAI_2003.html or contact Andrew George 020 7898 4335 ag5@soas.ac.uk

Tues 8 July tba
David Stronach
Medes and Assyrians
BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum WC1. 11th Vladimir Lukonin Memorial. Tickets are free, and are available from Claire Burton, Department of the Ancient Near East, The British Museum, Gt Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, Tel: 020 7323 8315

14 July-1 Aug
Bloomsbury Summer School
History Dept, UCL WC1. 6 one-week courses on Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Course fee £280. Further information from Bloomsbury Summer School, Dept History, UCL Gower St, WC1E 6BT. Tel: 020 7679 3622, fax 020 7413 8394. www.Egyptology-uk.com/Bloomsbury

Tues 15 July 18.00
Zahi Hawass
The secret of the Great Pyramid
Lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Raymond & Beverley Sackler lecture. Tel. 020 7323 8312. Email acameron@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

15-16 July 18.00
Colloquium
Recent research from the British Museum (title tbc)
Lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Tickets on sale AFTER June 1. Tel. 020 7323 8312. Email acameron@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

21-28 July
Papyrology Summer School
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Contact Cornelia Römer e-mail: c.roemer@ucl.ac.uk, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Mon 15 Sept 18.00
Fanny Vitto
From Lydda to Ramla: a tale of two cities
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Richard Barnett Memorial lecture. Tel. Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467

Compiled and edited for the London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) by Jan Picton, e-mail . For submission of diary entries only contact Jan Picton. For confirmation of lecture details contact the respective organisations. For subscription information contact Dr Alexandra Irving (Hon.Sec. BANEA) Dept. Ancient Near East, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, e-mail

The compilers of the Diary and officers of the London Centre and BANEA cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied in this Diary. The events listed may be subject to changes or cancellation