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

London Diary for the Ancient Near East: No.28

Compiled by the London Centre for the Ancient Near East

20-21 April
Conference The Levant in Transition - the Intermediate Early Bronze Age
Speakers: Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, Rupert Chapman, Karen Covello 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. Tickets £40; concessions: £25; British Museum Friends: £20.

Mon 26 April 13.15
S. Ackerman
Astrology and astronomy in Islam
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 56. All welcome

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 South-East) research seminar. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

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

Tues 27 April 13.15
Alexandra Irving
Ancient Assyria: art and power
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 6. All welcome

17.30
Joan Oates
Archaeology in Mesopotamia: digging deeper at Tell Brak
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. British Academy Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lecture. Latecomers will be seated in an overflow room. http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/programmes/2004/reckitt.html

19.00
Thomas Pakenham
The Mountains of Rasselas, Ethiopia
Room G3, SOAS, WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture. Contact David Jackson, tel: 020 7426 3630, fax: 020- 7426 3631, e-mail: secretary@anglo-ethiopian.org

Wed 28 April 13.15
Sarah Collins
Digging in Lebanon: excavations at Sidon
Clore Education Centre, British Museum WC1. Ticketed lecture. Contact BM information desk, tel: 020 7323 8299; box office: 020 7323 8181; information@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 29 April 18.00
Dan Potts
The Elamites and their contribution to the creation of Iran
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS. The Idea of Iran: from Eurasian Steppe to Persian Empire. Lecture series organised by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British Museum. Supported by the Soudavar Foundation. All welcome. Contact details: 020 7898 4430/4490, email lmei@soas.ac.uk

29-30 April
Colloquium Classical Arabic philosophy: sources and reception
Warburg Institute, Woburn Sq WC1. Organised by the Department of Philosophy, King's College London with the support of the British Academy, the Mind Association, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the Ismaili Institute and the Classical Association. Tickets £10 each day or £15 for both days. Contact Elizabeth Witchell. Tel: 020 7862 8949 or email: elizabeth.witchell@sas.ac.uk

Fri 30 April 13.15
Sarah Collins
The art of the potter in Mesopotamia
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 56. All welcome

Tues 4 May 17.30
Paolo Biagi
The first farmers in northern Italy: the Neolithisation of community
Rm 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

17.30
Saul Kelly
The hunt for Zerzura: exploration, espionage and war in the Desert
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Society for Libyan Studies lecture. All welcome. Contact Shirley Strong: sstrong@btclick.com

Weds 5 May 18.30
Helen Philon
The urban development of Gulbarga: the second capital of the Bahmanis in the Deccan
Khalili lecture theatre, Philips Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Islamic Art Circle, 6th Toby Falk Memorial Lecture. Contact Edward Gibbs 020 8374 2391, edwardgibbs@hotmail.com

Thurs 6 May 11.15
S. Ackerman
Science in the service of religion
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 34. All welcome

18.45
David Jeffreys
White Walls revisited: recent work at Memphis
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 7 May 18.00-21.00
Lecture series Nestorians and Manichaeans
Khalili lecture theatre, Philips Building, SOAS, WC1. Circle of Inner Asian Art - a series of lectures on Nestorianism in conjunction with an exhibition, speakers Sam Lieu, Ken Parry & John Guy
All welcome. ciaa@soas.ac.uk; www.soas.ac.uk/ciaa/

Sat 8 May 10.00-17.00
Study Day Excavating Abydos
Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL, WC1. Bloomsbury Academy event. Speakers David O'Connor, Stephen Quirke, Mark Collier, Elizabeth Frood. Tickets £32 from Bloomsbury Box Office, 15 Gordon St WC1H 0AH. Tel: 7388 8822.

Mon 10 May 18.00
Mark Merrony
The Byzantine mosaics of the Levant: a stratigraphic approach
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Tues 11 May 18.00
Frantz Grenet
New research on the Avestan geography
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, WC1. The Idea of Iran: from Eurasian Steppe to Persian Empire, lecture 2. Organised by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British Museum. Supported by the Soudavar Foundation. All welcome. Contactdetails: 020 7898 4430/4490, email lmei@soas.ac.uk

Weds 12 May 11.00
Colloquium Recent archaeological fieldwork in the Sudan
Speakers include Derek Welsby, Dorian Fuller and Pawel Wolf
plus guest speaker
Matthieu Honegger
The origins and demise of the Neolithic in the Kerma region
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Sudan Archaeological Research Society. Entry is by ticket only, SARS £10, BMF £12.50, others £15, available from the Honorary Secretary SARS, Dept Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum WC1B 3DG. Tel 020 7323 8500/8306; fax 020 7323 8303, www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

11.15
Lesley Fitton
Homer, Troy and history
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 69. All welcome

15.30
Colin Renfrew
Future strategies for Aegean prehistory. Coping with the unique: the explanatory dilemma
Anthony Snodgrass
Future strategies for Aegean prehistory. Aegean prehistory and Classical Archaeology: on the same side?
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Thurs13 May 11.15
Venetia Porter
New displays, new perspectives: the John Addis Islamic gallery
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 34. All welcome.

18.45
Rosalind Janssen
Ancient Egyptian fashion
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 14 May 11.15
S. Canby
Music in Islamic painting
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 34. All welcome.

18.30
Tim Schadla-Hall
Images of ancient Egypt - the multipurpose backdrop of familiarity
Rm 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

Sat 15 May
Day School
Paul Nicholson & Ian Shaw
Ancient Egyptian technology
4 Chesterfield Gardens W1J 5BG. Egyptian Embassy, Education and Culture Bureau. Further details tel 020 7491 7720; fax 020 7408 1335, email Egypt.culture@ukonline.co.uk

10.00-17.00
Study Day Medieval Iraq
BP lecture theatre, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Tickets £28 / BMF & RAS £25 / concessions £18. Contact information desk, tel: 020 7323 8299; box office: 020 7323 8000/8181; information@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk; www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 17 May 18.00
Kathleen Abraham
Mixed marriage: cuneiform marriage contracts from the 5th century BCE with Hebrew names
Council Room, UCL Main Entrance, Gower Street, WC1. Institute of Jewish Studies special seminar. All welcome, admission free, no booking necessary. 020 7679 3520; e-mail: uclhvtm@ucl.ac.uk;

Tues 18 May 18.00
John Curtis
The Iron Age in western Iran
The Idea of Iran: from Eurasian Steppe to Persian Empire, lecture 3. For details see 11 May

Thurs 20 May 11.15
Lesley Fitton
The story of Troy
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 69. All welcome.

Fri 21 May 11.15
St John Simpson
From late antiquity to early Islam
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 34. All welcome.

17.30
Stefan Kroepelin
Ex Nubia semper aliquid novi: geoparchaeology in the Southern Libyan Desert
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. SARS/BIEA lecture. All welcome.

Sat 22 May 19.30
Zipang
Mesopotamian storytelling for adults
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1. £10/£5. Organised by the Enheduanna Society. Different stories from ancient Iraq are told at each event. 020 7278 3624 zipang03@btopenworld.com

Tues 25 May 18.00
Pierre Briant
Iran and the Iranians in the context of the late Achaemenid period
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, WC1. The Idea of Iran: from Eurasian Steppe to Persian Empire, lecture 4. Organised by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British Museum. Supported by the Soudavar Foundation. All welcome. Contact details: 020 7898 4430/4490, email lmei@soas.ac.uk

Weds 26 May 11.15
S. Canby
Asia through Enlightenment eyes
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 1. All welcome

Thurs 27 May 17.30
Andrew Oddy
The coinage of ancient South Arabia
Main lecture theatre, SOAS Thornhaugh St WC1. Society for Arabian Studies lecture follows AGM. All welcome. Email: ionisthompson@ukonline.co.uk

Sat 29 May 11.15
Lorna Oakes
The Amarna letters
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 56. All welcome

13.15
Lorna Oakes
Ashurbanipal: battle of the River Ulai
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 89. All welcome

Tues 1 June 11.15
George Hart
Creation myths of ancient Egypt
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 4. All welcome

Wed 2 June 18.00
Rolf Gundlach
'Horus in the Palace': the centre of state and culture in Pharaonic Egypt
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. BM Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan lecture. Admission free but tickets from: Claire Messenger, Dept AES, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1B 3DG, tel: 020 7323 8683, fax: 020 7323 8803,email cmessenger@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 3 June 11.15
H. Williams
Revivalist treats: from Greek to Assyrian
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 47. All welcome

18.45
Jac Janssen
A glimpse of life from Deir el Medinah
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 5 June 11.15
A. Xavier
The Lykians and their monuments
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 15. All welcome

13.15
A. Xavier
Ancient Cyprus
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 72. All welcome

Tues 8 June 18.00
Albert De Jong
The contribution of the Magi
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, WC1. The Idea of Iran: from Eurasian Steppe to Persian Empire, lecture 5. Organised by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British Museum. Supported by the Soudavar Foundation. All welcome. Contact details: 020 7898 4430/4490, email lmei@soas.ac.uk

19.00
Gerald Gotzen
Following in the footsteps of Thomas Pakenham: the road to Bethlehem (Ethiopia)
Room G50, SOAS, WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture. Contact David Jackson, tel: 020 7426 3630, fax: 020- 7426 3631, e-mail: secretary@anglo-ethiopian.org

Weds 9 June 18.00
Fergus Millar
Synagogues and churches in the Roman Near East: builders and benefactors
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture follows AGM. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379; fax 020 7486 7438; www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 10 June 17.30
Emilie Savage-Smith
Our scientific debt to Iraq
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace SW1. British School of Archaeology in Iraq Bonham Carter Lecture. The lecture will be preceded at 17.00 by a report on the activities of the School and open forum. 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

18.45
Ian Shaw
New discoveries in the Chephren quarries: rescue work in Tushka Wadi
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 14 June 18.00
Roger Moorey
Idols of the people: miniature images in Canaan, Israel and Judah
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture follows AGM. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Weds 16 June 11.15
George Hart
Art and hieroglyphs in the Egyptian funerary cult
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Room 4. All welcome

18.30
Yabya Michot
The aesthetics of a theologian: Ibn Taymiyya (d. AH 728/AD 1328 Damascus) on art and beauty
Khalili lecture theatre, Philips Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Islamic Art Circle, 6th Toby Falk Memorial Lecture. Contact Edward Gibbs 020 8374 2391, edwardgibbs@hotmail.com

Thurs 17 June 17.00
[Dominic Brookshaw
Black-eyed Turks: the beloved in 14th century Persian poetry]
Postponed to 14 July

Thurs 17 June 18.00 BR>Shapur Shahbazi
On the origins and development of the idea of Iran
The Idea of Iran: from Eurasian Steppe to Persian Empire, lecture 6. Fordetails see 8 June

23-25 June
Conference After Alexander - Central Asia before Islam: themes in the history and archaeology of western Central Asia
Themes include: steppe and city; money and exchange; invasion and defence; urban development and life; the movement of ideas
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace SW1. Tickets £30 (£20 concessions) includes lunch. Contact Angela Pusey, telephone: 020 7969 5264 fax: 020 7969 5300 email: events@britac.ac.uk; www.britac.ac.uk

Fri 25 June 18.00
Cathie Bryan
Heavenly bodies: the Egyptian in French 19th century art
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). Contact voicemail 020 7679 2369

Sat 26 June 10.00
Study Day Daughters of the god: the queens of ancient Egypt
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. EES Study day. Speakers include Helen Whitehouse, Alan Lloyd, Robert Morkot, John Baines, Sally-Ann Ashton. Tickets £20. Contact 020 7242 1880, www.ees.ac.uk

19.30
Zipang
Mesopotamian storytelling for adults
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1. £10/£5. Organised by the Enheduanna Society. Different stories from ancient Iraq are told at each event. 020 7278 3624 zipang03@btopenworld.com

5-9 July
Summer School Seals and society: insights into the Aegean Bronze Age
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet St WC1. Course fee£150. Contact ICS for details.

6-7 July
Conference Porphyry
Senate House, Malet St WC1.For further information contact Dr Anne Sheppard, Dept Classics, Royal Holloway College, Egham Surrey TW20 0EX; email a.sheppard@rhul.ac.uk. www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Fri 9 July 18.30-20.30
Special film presentation The Hittites
Clore Education Centre, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. The history of the Hittite Empire, narrated by Jeremy Irons. Tickets free but booking essential. Contact information desk, tel: 020 7323 8299; box office: 020 7323 8000; information@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk; www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 10 July 10.00-13.30
George Hart
Destination Libya
British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Tickets £18 / BMF £15. Contact BM information desk, tel: 020 7323 8299; box office: 020 7323 8000; information@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk; www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

12-30 July
Bloomsbury Summer School
History Dept, UCL WC1. 6 one-week courses on Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Course fee £290 (hieroglyphs £300). 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 13 July 18.00
Florian Knauss
Ancient Persia and the Caucasus
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. The twelfth Vladimir G. Lukonin Memorial Lecture. Tickets are free, please apply to Claire Burton, Department of the Ancient Near East, The British Museum, Gt. Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG, Tel: 020 7323 8315

Wed 14 July 17.00
Dominic Brookshaw
Black-eyed Turks: the beloved in 14th century Persian poetry
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace SW1. British Institute of Persian Studies Summer Lecture. For details contact Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis: 020 79695203; email: bips@britac.ac.uk

18.00
Dorothea Arnold
Image and identity: what did the Hyksos look like?
Lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Raymond & Beverley Sackler Foundation lecture. Tickets £15 include reception (or £60 as part of colloquium ticket). See colloquium for details

14-16 July
Colloquium The Second Intermediate Period: current research, future prospects
Lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Tickets £50 (or £60 to include Sackler lecture) available after June 1. Write to: Alison Cameron, Dept. of AES (enclose S.A.E.) The British Museum, Great Russell St., London WC1B 3DG or phone 020 7323 8312/ fax 020 7323 8303 or email acameron@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk For more information and application forms see http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/aes/sackler04.html

Thurs 15 July 18.30
Sally McAleely
Floral Egypt. Flower arranging in Ancient Egypt? New research into archaeobotanical remains
Rm G6, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture. All welcome

19.00
Jan Picton
The Petrie Museum and the birth of Egyptian archaeology
Kingston Museum Art Gallery, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames. Admission free but advance booking essential on 020 8547 6460

Sat 17 July 10.00-17.00
Study Day The Arabs: origins and identities
BP lecture theatre, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. Tickets £28 / BMF £25 / concessions £18. Contact information desk, tel: 020 7323 8299; box office: 020 7323 8000; information@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

22-24 July
Conference Seminar for Arabian Studies at the British Museum
The Seminar is the only international forum which meets annually for the presentation of the latest academic research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula (including archaeology, epigraphy, ethnography, language, history, art etc.) from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire (1922).
The conference fee for the three days is £75 or £30 for individual days (students or British Museum Friends £20 or £8 per day).
Further details can be found at www.arabianseminar.org.uk, by e-mail to seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk or by post to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, c/o Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPY, England

Sat 4 Sept 19.30
Zipang
Mesopotamian storytelling for adults
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1. £10/£5. Organised by the Enheduanna Society. Different stories from ancient Iraq are told at each event. 020 7278 3624 zipang03@btopenworld.com

Wed 8 Sept 18.00
Salah Mohamed Ahmed
Sudan's archaeological treasures
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. The SARS 5th Kirwan Memorial Lecture. Ticketed lecture, details below

Thurs 9 Sept 11.00-17.00
Colloquium Sudan: from the Stone Age to the Mahdi
BP lecture theatre. Sudan Archaeological Research Society colloquium. Tickets £15 (SARS £10 / BMF £12.50) from Hon. Sec. SARS, Dept of AES, British Museum, Gt Russell St, WC1B 3DG, with s.a.e. Tel: 020 7323 8500/8306. Fax: 020 7323 8303Email: sars@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk; www.sudanarchrs.org.uk

13-14 Sept
Conference Steady states - institutional stability in the face of political change. The evidence from pre-modern Western Asia
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace SW1. Joint British Academy / British School of Archaeology in Iraq conference. Tickets £30 / £20 from BSAI Sec., Mrs J P MacIver at bsai@britac.ac.uk or tel. 01440 785 244, 020 7969 5274, fax. 020 7969 5401. Online registration: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/programmes/2004/040913iraq.html

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.