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

London Diary for the Ancient Near East: No.27

Compiled by the London Centre for the Ancient Near East

Wed 21 Jan 18.00
Alexandra Porter
Sheba's spices: the Arabian aromatics trade
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. PEF /Society for Arabian Studies / CBRL lecture. All welcome

Thurs 22 Jan 18.45
Sally Macdonald & Stephen Quirke
Communicating Egypt: the Petrie Museum in London and on the web
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau lecture. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Mon 26 Jan 16.00
Kathryn Lomas
Cities, states and city-states: new approaches to urbanisation in ancient Italy
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Wed 28 Jan 18.00
Sacha Stern
Time and process in ancient Judaism
Reception 18.00 in the Haldane Room, lecture 18.30 in the Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, UCL Main Entrance, Gower Street, WC1. Institute of Jewish Studies lecture and book launch. 020 7679 3520; fax 020 7209 1026; e-mail: uclhvtm@ucl.ac.uk; www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrew-jewish/ijs

Thurs 29 Jan 18.45
Ahmed Moustafa
The universal dot
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau lecture. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Fri 30 Jan 18.30
Stephen Quirke
Using the Petrie collection
Rm G6, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Square WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture followed by the New Year party (members, ticket only). Non-members welcome at lecture. Contact voicemail 020 7679 2369, e-mail: janpicton@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Mon 2 Feb 16.00
Simon Keay & Graeme Earl
Iron Age to Roman in southern Spain: urban connectivity in the lower Guadalquivir valley
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 2 Feb 18.00
Nils Heessel
The divinatory tradition of Assur: borrowing and rejecting Babylonian scholarship
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) Topics in Assyriology research seminar series. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Tues 3 Feb 17.15
Charlotte Rouechi
Signs and letters at Aphrodisias and Ephesus
Room 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. The establishment of literacy in state societies: the ancient Mediterranean - Accordia research seminars. Members only. Further information from Kathryn Lomas: k.lomas@ucl.ac.uk, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Tues 3 Feb 17.30
Timothy Insoll
Timbuktu: myth and archaeological reality
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Society for Libyan Studies lecture. All welcome. Contact Shirley Strong: sstrong@btclick.com

Mon 9 Feb 16.00
Martin Millet
An entirely superficial perspective: studying Roman urbanism in the Tiber valley
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar in association with the UCL Centre for the Classical World. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Tues 10 Feb 17.15
Luca Zaghetto
Iconography and language: the missing link
Room 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. The establishment of literacy in state societies: the ancient Mediterranean - Accordia research seminars. Members only. Further information from Kathryn Lomas: k.lomas@ucl.ac.uk, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Thurs 12 Feb 17.00
Corine Yazbeck
The significance of Lebanon to the Palaeolithic of the Levant
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Environment and Culture Research Group: Recent field research on the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic seminar series. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Dr Andrew Garrard: a.garrard@ucl.ac.uk.

Thurs 12 Feb 17.30
Andreas MŸller-Karpe
The Hittite city of Sarissa: 12 seasons' work at Kusakli
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) lecture. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Thurs 12 Feb 18.45
Michael Rice
'Egypt's making': the origins of Egyptian civilization updated
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau lecture. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Mon 16 Feb 16.00
Ray Laurence
Was ancient Rome a Roman city?
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 16 Feb 18.00
Takayoshi Oshima
Marduk and man: new research on the Marduk prayers
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) Topics in Assyriology research seminar series. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Mon 16 Feb 18.00
Stephen Rosenberg
Airaq al-Amir: a Jewish estate in Hellenistic Jordan
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Tues 17 Feb 17.30
Rolf Michael Schneider
War in Rome: visual strategies of an empire
G6 Institute of Archaeology WC1. ICLS/Accordia Research Institute lectures. Members only. Further information from John Wilkins: accordiaa@ntl.com, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 18 Feb 15.30
Saro Wallace
Material culture, social practice and social change in Crete between the LBA and EIA (13th - 10th centuries BC)
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Thurs 19 Feb 18.45
Paul Nicholson
Ancient Egyptian pottery technology
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau lecture. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Mon 23 Feb 16.00
Dominic Perring
Roman Beirut: the archaeology of the colonial settlement and its domestic architecture
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Tues 24 Feb 17.15
John Bennet
Who wrote in Linear B ... and why? Reflections on literacy in the Mycenaean world
Room 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. The establishment of literacy in state societies: the ancient Mediterranean Accordia research seminars. Members only. Further information from Kathryn Lomas: k.lomas@ucl.ac.uk, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 25 Feb 14.15
Aurelie Gribomont
The Solomon treatise: an introduction and first hypothesis on the history of the text
Lecture room, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, WC1 0AB. Director's work in progress seminar series. Further details, contact 020 7862 8949

Thurs 26 Feb 18.00
Frantz Grenet
Samarkand rediscovered: the main results of the Franco-Uzbek Archaeological Mission 1989-2003
Khalili lecture theatre, Philips Building, SOAS, WC1. Circle of Inner Asian Art lecture, all welcome

Fri 27 Feb 17.00
Frantz Grenet
Iranian gods in Hindu garb: the Zoroastrian pantheon of the Sogdians
Room BG05, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Circle of Inner Asian Art seminar, by invitation only

27-28 Feb
Conference Orbis Aquarum: current postgraduate research on the maritime world in antiquity
Senate House, Malet St WC1. Keynote lecture by A. J. Parker. Tickets £35/£20. Further information Kevin Sargeant, Dept of History, UCL, Gower St, WC1 6BT, k.sargeant@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 1 March 16.00
Shelley Hales
Framing space: art in the Roman house
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 1 March 18.00
Jon Taylor
On lists and literacy: the position of the ancient Near East in the literacy debate
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) Topics in Assyriology research seminar series. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Mon 1 March 18.00
M. D. Herr
New perspectives on the Bar Kokhba war
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Tues 2 March 17.15
Ralph Hdussler
Empire and literacy in the Roman world
Room 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. The establishment of literacy in state societies: the ancient Mediterranean Accordia research seminars. Members only. Further information from Kathryn Lomas: k.lomas@ucl.ac.uk, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 3 March 14.00
Alexander Podushkin
Archaeological and written monuments of the state of Kantszjuj (Kangjuj), from the 2nd century BC to 4th century AD
Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square WC1. Lecture theatre G6. Contact Tim Williams

Wed 3 March 14.15
Gert De Breucker
Writing history in Hellenistic Babylonia
Lecture room, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, WC1 0AB. Director's work in progress seminar series. Further details, contact 020 7862 8949

Wed 3 March 17.00
Lefteris Platon
Zakros - palace, town and hinterland: challenges for Minoan archaeology
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS / British School at Athens annual Spring lecture www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Fri 5 March 18.30
Paul Whelan
Petrie's 'mere scraps of wood': votive practices in Early New Kingdom Thebes
Room G6, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Square WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture. Non-members welcome. Contact voicemail 020 7679 2369, e-mail: janpicton@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Mon 8 March 16.00
Alastair Northedge
Samarra and the role of planned urbanism in the Islamic world
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 8 March 18.00
Baruch A Levine
Israelite monotheism and Assyrian imperialism. The crisis of 701 BC
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) / British Museum Dept Ancient Near East lecture. Lecture follows LCANE AGM. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Tues 9 March 17.30
Richard Beacham & Hugh Denard
Virtual reality - the theatre at Pompeii
Room 329-330, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS/Accordia Research Institute lectures. Members only. Further information from John Wilkins: accordiaa@ntl.com, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 10 March 18.00
Clara Semple
The story of the Maria Theresa Thaler
Room G2, SOAS Thornhaugh St WC1. Society for Arabian Studies lecture. All welcome

Wed 10 March 18.30
Baha Tanman
Anatolia during the period of the Turcoman Emirates and the birth of the Ottoman identity: an architectural approach
Khalili lecture theatre, Philips Building, SOAS, WC1. Circle of Inner Asian Art lecture

Mon 15 March 18.00
Daniel Schwemer
Witchcraft
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) Topics in Assyriology research seminar series. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Wed 17 March 17.00
Helen Whitehouse
From floor to wall to ceiling: Roman wall paintings at the Dakhla oasis
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 17 March 18.00
Joan Taylor & Rupert Chapman
Eusebius' onomasticon: geographical knowledge in Byzantine Palestine
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society / Palestine Exploration Fund lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379; fax 020 7486 7438; www.pef.org.uk

Mon 22 March 16.00
Tim Williams
Early Islamic cities in the East: beliefs, water and community
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq, WC1. Complex and Literate Societies Research Group: More Tales of the City -Current Research on Urbanism and Urbanisation Seminar. Open to academic staff and students, others please contact Tim Williams: tim.d.williams@ucl.ac.uk

Tues 23 March 17.15
Tamar Hodos
Writing more than words in Iron Age Sicily
Room 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. The establishment of literacy in state societies: the ancient Mediterranean Accordia research seminars. Members only. Further information from Kathryn Lomas: k.lomas@ucl.ac.uk, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Wed 24 March
Conference 50 years of Mycenaean studies
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Speakers: Tom Palaima, Olga Krzyszkowska, John Bennett, Silvia Ferrara, Valasia Isaakidou, Michael Lane, Cyprian Broodbank. Tickets £25 include lunch, cheques payable to University of London, returned to the Secretary, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet St WC1E 7HU by March 1st
17.30 Anastasia Dakouri-Hild The House of Kadmos at Thebes
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House. Michael Ventris Memorial Lecture. www.sas.ac.uk/icls Reception follows lecture which is included in the conference fee

Wed 24 Mar 17.30
Heather Baker
Urban landscapes and domestic space: the Neo-Babylonian house in its setting
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace 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

25-27 March
Conference The creation of symbolic worlds
University of Reading. British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology Annual Conference. The focus will be on the symbolism of the Near East, particularly during the Neolithic period. Tickets £30/£20. Details from Eleanor Roe, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, POB 227, Reading RG6 6AB, email: e.roe@reading.ac.uk; www.banea.org.uk

Sat 27 March
STUDY DAY
Egyptian art across the ages
Speakers include Lucia Gahlin, Robert Morkot, Terence DuQuesne, John Tait, Okasha El Daly
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau. Tickets £25. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Thurs 1 April 18.45
Emma Granger
The harp: ancient and modern
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau lecture and performance. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Thurs 8 April 18.45
Helen Whitehouse
Roman wall paintings in the Dakhla oasis
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau lecture. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

Sat 10 April
Lorna Oakes
How do we know about ancient Egypt?
How do we know about ancient Mesopotamia?
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1, Room 4 and 61. Enquiries 020 7323 8181

Wed 14 April 18.00
John Wilson
Rediscovering Caesarea Philippi, the ancient city of Pan
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum, WC1. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379; fax 020 7486 7438; www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 15 April 18.45
Mohammed Abdel Halim
Vetting your daughter's suitor, Egyptian style
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau lecture. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

20-21 April
Conference The Levant in Transition: the Intermediate Early Bronze Age
Speakers include Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, Rupert Chapman, KarenCovello Paran, Claude Doumet, Steve Falconer, Ram Gophna, Moti Haiman, Moshe Kokhavi, Jesse Long, Minna Lonnqvist, Graham Philip, Frances Pinnock, Kay Prag, Suzanne Richard, R. Thomas Schaub, Jean-Paul Thalmann and Jonathan Tubb
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Conference fee £40, concessions £25, British Museum Friends £20. To attend (no further papers required) send a cheque (sterling only) to the British Museum Box Office, London WC1B 3DG, made payable to "The British Museum" and marked on the reverse "EBIV Conference", or pay by telephone (00 44 207 323 8181) or Fax (00 44 207 323 8616). A printable registration formis available at: www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/ane/anenoev.html. Organizer Jonathan N. Tubb, Assistant Keeper (Syria-Palestine), Chairman, Palestine Exploration Fund, British Museum, London WC1B 3DG

Mon 26 April 18.00
Steven Garfinkle
Mesopotamian merchants in an era of state formation 2112-1595 BC
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast) research seminar. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Mon 26 April 18.00
David Ilan
Tell Dan in the Early Iron Age
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Thurs 29 April 18.00
Dan Potts
The Elamites and their contribution to the creation of Iran
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Organised by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British Museum. First in lecture series: The Idea of Iran: from Eurasian Steppe to Persian Empire. Supported by the Soudavar Foundation. All welcome. Contact details: Sarah Stewart 020 7898 4270, ss7@soas.ac.uk

Tues 4 May 17.30
Paolo Biagi
The first farmers in northern Italy
G6 Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square WC1. ICLS/Accordia Research Institute lectures. Members only. Further information from John Wilkins: accordiaa@ntl.com, www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Compiled and edited for the London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA Southeast).

For subscription information contact Dr Alexandra Irving (Hon.Sec. BANEA) Dept. Ancient Near East, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, e-mail: AIrving@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk.

For submission of future diary entries only contact Jan Picton, e-mail: janpicton@ijnet.demon.co.uk.

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. Events listed may be subject to changes or cancellation. For confirmation of lecture details contact the respective organisations.