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

London Diary for the Ancient Near East: No.29

Compiled by the London Centre for the Ancient Near East

Thurs 30 Sep 18.30
Derek Welsby
The pyramids of Sudan
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. Tickets £5/£3. Booking 020 7323 8181, www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 30 Sep 18.45
Peter Ucko
Encounters with ancient Egypt
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gdns W1. All welcome

Fri 1 Oct 18.30
Renée Friedman
New discoveries at Hierakonpolis
Cruciform Building UCL, Gower St WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum, Petrie Memorial Lecture followed by a reception in the Petrie Museum. Tickets £10 / £7.50 PMF. Contact 020 7679 2369; pmf@ijnet.demon.co.uk. STUDENTS MAY ATTEND THIS LECTURE ON PRODUCTION OF VALID UCL STUDENT IDENTITY CARDS AT THE DOOR (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING RECEPTION WHICH IS BY TICKET ONLY)

Mon 4 Oct 16.00
Peter Ucko
The Petrie Palestinian Collection: epitomizing the heritage of the Institute of Archaeology UCL?
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Rachael Sparks
Petrie in Palestine: the impact of field practices on object recovery?
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars: Archival Memory - The Case of Palestine. All welcome. Contact Beverley Butler: 020 7679 4741; email beverley.butler@ucl.ac.uk

Tues 5 Oct 17.30
Nicholas Flemming
Coastal archaeology and submerged ports
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Society for Libyan Studies lecture. All welcome. Contact Shirley Strong: sstrong@btclick.com

Wed 6 Oct 13.15
Nicholas Badcott
The arts of Sudanic Africa British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 25. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 7 Oct 13.15
Venetia Porter
Pottery for sultans: Iznik ceramics in the John Addis Islamic Gallery
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 34. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 7 Oct 18.45
Kamal Bayoumi
The Nile: diaries of an Egyptian engineer
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gdns W1. All welcome

Fri 8 Oct 13.15
John Mack
People and cultures of southern Sudan
Clore Education Centre, British Museum. Free lunchtime lecture. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Fri 8 Oct 13.15
Caroline Cartwright
Egyptian mummy portraits: the woodworker's craft
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 63. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 9 Oct 13.15
N Ofriattaayim
The invention of 'African art'
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 25. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 11 Oct 13.15
Derek Welsby
The kingdoms of Kush
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 11 Oct 16.00
Elizabeth Grey & Chris Lyes
Digitising the archive: the Petrie Palestinian Collection
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Mon 11 Oct 18.00
Lindsay Allen
The boundaries of Persian kingship: despot or ditherer
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar - Recent work on the Achaemenid Empire. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Mon 11 Oct 18.00
Nicola Stacey
Ceramics, coastlines and chronology: unlocking the mysteries of trade in the 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

Mondays 11 Oct - 29 Nov at 17.00
All Souls Lectures OXFORD, St Cross College Dining Hall, St Giles
Who owns objects? The ethics and legality of collecting
Speakers Colin Renfrew (11 Oct); Lamia Al-Gailani (18 Oct); Konstantine Politis (25 Oct); Ursula Kampmann (1 Nov); David Gaimster (8 Nov); George Ortiz (15 Nov) Paul Roberts (22 Nov); Mark O'Neill (29 Nov).
For further information contact Roz Britton-Strong , telephone 01865 278058

Tues 12 Oct 17.30
Graham Philip
The contrasting landscape of western Syria: fieldwork in the Orontes valley 1999-2004
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. CBRL Annual Crystal Bennett Memorial lecture. All welcome. Contact Penny McParlin: 020 7969 5296, cbrl@britac.ac.uk

Wed 13 Oct 16.00
Eddie Peltenburg
Major settlement disruptions in the East Mediterranean c.2300 BC
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 13 Oct 18.00
Jack Green
Death rituals and social change in the LBA-Early Iron Age transition
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379; fax 020 7486 7438; www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 14 Oct 13.15
John Taylor
Mummification in ancient Egypt
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 63. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 14 Oct 18.00
Geza Vermes
Dead Sea Scrolls
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. Eighth Anna Gray Noe lecture in Biblical Archaeology. Admission free, please apply for tickets to from Claire Burton, Department of the Ancient Near East, The British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG, Tel: 020 7323 8315

Thurs 14 Oct 18.45
Joris Van Wetering
Protodynastic Egypt: recent research
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gdns W1. (This series of lectures breaks off until after Ramadan)

Sat 16 Oct 10.00
Study Day CAMBRIDGE
Spotlight on the Amarna Period
Speakers include Barry Kemp, Penelope Wilson, Donald Redford, Nicholas Reeves, Sally-Ann Ashton, Helen Strudwick. £30 (£20 Friends/Concessions).
Mill Lane lecture room 3, Cambridge. Tickets from Fitzwilliam Museum, 33 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QY. Contact Peter Gavin (pg269@cam.ac.uk)

Sat 16 Oct 16.30
Donald Redford
The Karnak years of Akhenaten: the new evidence from tomb clearance and temple excavation
Mill Lane lecture room 3, CAMBRIDGE. Stephen Glanville Memorial Lecture. Free but entrance by pre-booked ticket only 01223 332905. Followed by private view of Roman Egyptomania, £3 payable on the door.

Sat 16 Oct 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

Mon 18 Oct 16.00
Peter Fischer
The cosmopolitan societies of Tell el-Ajjul
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Tues 19 Oct 13.15
George Hart
The burial of an ancient Egyptian princess
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 20 Oct 17.30
Lawrence Stager
The rise and fall of the Canaanites (c. 1900-1175 BC)
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology: Ashkelon, seaport of the Canaanites and the Philistines. Free admission. Further information: www.britac.ac.uk

Thurs 21 Oct 17.30
Lawrence Stager
The arrival of the Philistines
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology: Ashkelon, seaport of the Canaanites and the Philistines. Free admission. Further information: www.britac.ac.uk

Fri 22 Oct 17.30
Lawrence Stager
Ashkelon on the eve of destruction
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology: Ashkelon, seaport of the Canaanites and the Philistines. Free admission. Further information: www.britac.ac.uk

Thurs 21 Oct 17.30
David N Edwards
Glimpses of the past from the SARS photographic archive
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1. SARS AGM (17.30) and lecture (18.00). Entry is by ticket only, SARS £10, BMS £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 sars@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk; www.sudarchrs.org.uk

25-30 Oct 11.00
The miracle of the Nile
British Museum free half-term family events, meet in the Great Court. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 25 Oct 16.00
Nils Anfinset
Excavations at Tell el-Mafjar in Jericho
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Mon 25 Oct 18.00
Maria Brosius
Court society in the Achaemenid Empire
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar - Recent work on the Achaemenid Empire. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Wed 27 Oct 17.00
Francesco d'Andria
Excavations at Hierapolis (Phrygia)
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Classical archaeology seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls/. Further information: charlotte.roueche@kcl.ac.uk http://www.kcl.ac.uk/kis/schools/hums/byzmodgreek/staff/roueche.html

Thurs 28 Oct 18.00
James Crow
Gertrude Bell
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace SW1. British School of Archaeology in Iraq special event. Talk (18.30) and book launch (19.00). Non-members are welcome. 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 28 Oct 18.30
Michael Asher
The Arabs of Sudan and the Forty Days Road
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. BM event. Tickets £5/£3. Booking 020 7323 8181, www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Fri 29 Oct 09.30
Conference
Red Sea Project, Phase II: People of the Red Sea
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. Society for Arabian Studies event. Tickets £28 / BMF & SAS £25. Booking form from: Dr. Nadia Durrani, 210 Bunyan Court, London EC27 8DH, or: www.dur.ac.uk/dmls/red sea

Sat 30 Oct 10.00
Study Day
People of the Red Sea
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. BM/Society for Arabian Studies event. Tickets £28 / BMF & SAS £25 / concessions £18. Booking 020 7323 8181, www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 30 Oct 10.30
Study Day
The Theban world of the dead: private tombs; mortuary temples; KV5
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1. Bloomsbury Academy event. Speakers include Kent Weeks, Steven Snape, Geoffrey Martin, Aidan Dodson. Tickets £33 from the Box Office 020 7388 8822

Sat 30 Oct 11.00
A Xavier
Egypt and the Levant
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 57. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 1 Nov 16.00
Mahmoud Hawari
The Citadel of Jerusalem: problems of interpretation and presentation
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Mon 1 Nov 18.00
Geoff Summers
Kerkenes Dag - Iron Age city
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1. BIAA lecture. Admission free. Further information from Gina Coulthard: biaa@britac.ac.uk

Tues 2 Nov 13.15
John Taylor
Nubia: land of gold
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 65. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 4 Nov 13.00
Film
The black pharaohs
Clore Education Centre, British Museum. BBC 2004 film, free entry. Repeated on Mon 13 Dec

Thurs 4 Nov 18.30
Nicole Douek
From Siwa to Kharga: a journey to the oases of the Western Desert
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. BMF event. Tickets £7.50. Booking 020 7323 8566, friends@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk; www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Fri 5 Nov 13.15
Neal Spencer
Conquest and ritual: New Kingdom temples in Nubia
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 65. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 10 Nov 11.00-17.30
Colloquium
LITERACY AND STATE DEVELOPMENT: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES
Provisional Programme
11.00-11.30: coffee
11.30-1.00 Egyptian and Near Eastern Literacy I
11.30-12.00: José-R. Pérez-Accino: The political concept of Egypt and the invention of writing as reflected in the Shabaka stone
12.00-12.30: John Tait: The unsteady state in Roman and Byzantine Egypt: who wanted literacy in Coptic?
12.30-1.00: Yvette Balbaligo: Egyptology beyond philology
1.00-2.30: Lunch
2.30-3.30 Egyptian and Near Eastern Literacy II
2.30-3.00: Kathryn Piquette: Inscribed objects of the Late Predynastic and 1st Dynasty of Egypt
3.00-3.30: Robert Hoyland: Writing among the pre-Islamic Arabs
3.30-4.30: Literacy in Central and southern America
3.30-4.00: Liz Graham and Jennifer Scarlin: Postclassic Iconography and Writing from Lamanai, Belize, Central America
4.00-4.30: Bill Sillar: The use of kipus as non-written record-keeping in Inca society
4.30-5.00: tea
5.00-5.30: Literacy in the ancient Mediterranean
5.00-5.30: Kathryn Lomas and Ruth Whitehouse: Writing and state development in early Italy
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Free, but a small charge is made for lunch, which must be pre-booked. Contact Dr Kathryn Lomas, Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY K.Lomas@ucl.ac.uk, or complete and return the booking form on the Ancient Literacy website (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ancient-literacy).

Wed 10 Nov 18.00
Myrko Novak
The palace of Qatna: recent discoveries of the German part of the International Mission to Tell Mishrife
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379; fax 020 7486 7438; www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 11 Nov 13.00
Film
Nubia: the forgotten kingdom
Clore Education Centre, British Museum. Discovery Channel film, free entry. Repeated on Fri 3 Dec

Thurs 11 Nov 17.30
Celebrating Cyprus
Speakers include Gerald Cadogan, Louise Steel, Julian Chrysostomides, Marina Terkourafi.
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Hellenic Society/British School at Athens event in memory of Mr Dino Leventis. Tickets £8 from Hellenic Society, ICLS: www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Fri 12 Nov 18.30
Richard Jaeschke
Recovery and rediscovery: the conservation of the Petrie Museum mummy cartonnage
Room G6, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Sq WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture. All welcome. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369; pmf@ijnet.demon.co.uk

12-13 Nov 10.30
Colloquium
UCL and the ancient Mediterranean: the research of alumni in its archaeology and history
Speakers include Elizabeth French, Robert Garland, Vassos Karageorghis, Despo Pilides, David Ridgway, Dyfri Williams
Lecture theatre G6, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Sq WC1. Sponsored by The Centre for the Classical World, The Complex and Literate Societies Research Group of the Institute of Archaeology, The Leventis Foundation. Entrance is free but prior notification is required. Further information from Alan Johnston, Institute of Archaeology, alan.johnston@ucl.ac.uk

Sat 13 Nov 10.00
Study Day
Memphis within the 'White Walls'
Speakers include Alan Lloyd, Penny Wilson, Dorothy Thompson, David Jeffreys, Janine Bourriau
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. EES Study day. Tickets £20. Contact 020 7242 1880, www.ees.ac.uk

Sat 13 Nov 13.30
David Rohl
A testing time: the new chronology in 2004
Cruciform Building, Gower St, UCL. ISIS Study day. Admission free. Contact Diane Woolley 01438 813689

Mon 15 Nov 16.00
Ahmed Rjoob
The nomination of Palestinian World Heritage sites and the Hebron Rehabilitation
Committee Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Mon 15 Nov 18.00
Wouter Henkelman
Sacrifices in Persepolis and Fars
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar - Recent work on the Achaemenid Empire. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Mon 15 Nov 18.00
Irving Finkel
The Cyrus Cylinder and Isaiah
Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, UCL. Institute of Jewish Studies / Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. Lecture (18.30) preceded by reception in Haldane Room (18.00). All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Tues 16 Nov 13.15
Sam Moorhead
The Meroe Head and the representation of Augustus British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 70. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 17 Nov 15.50
Ellen Adams
Social strategies in north-central Crete during the neo-palatial period Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Thurs 18 Nov 18:45

Eric Uphill

How the universe began and what will be its end: the Egyptian view

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 22 Nov
SEMINAR: Fieldwork and Research in Egypt, Sudan and the Ancient Near East
10.15 Registration and coffee
10.45 Welcome and opening HE Ambassador of Poland Zbigniew Matuszewski
11.00 Prof. Karol Mysliwiec An Old Kingdom Necropolis in Saqqara
12.00 Questions and Discussion
12.15 Coffee break
12.30 Dr Stefan Jakobielski Highlights of a Monastery in the Nubian Capital
13.30 Questions and Discussion
13.45 Buffet Lunch
15.00 Dr Piotr Bielinski Two Bronze Age Cities in the Syrian Djezireh: Tell Arbid and Tell Rad Shaqra
16.15 Questions and Discussion
16.30 Prof. Michal Gawlikowski A Mithraic Cave in Syria
17.45 Questions and Discussion
18.00 Reception
Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 47 Portland Place, London W1 1JH. One-day seminar organized jointly by Polish Embassy in London and Warsaw University Polish Centre for Mediterranean ArchaeologyEmbassy. The seminar is free and open to all but registration is required. To register, please send an email to sekretariat@polishembassy.org.uk with your name, affiliation and contact details.

Mon 22 Nov 16.00
Baha Jabeh
Heritage magic: the digitisation of the Dr Tawfiq Canaan Collection, Birzeit University, and the work of 'Riwaq' the Centre for Architectural Conservation, Ramallah
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Tuesday 23 Nov 17.30
Dr Robert Bewley
Ancient Jordan from the air
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. Council for British Research in the Levant lecture, followed by book launch. Non-members are welcome to attend. Admission free. Please confirm your attendance to: Penny McParlin at cbrl@britac.ac.uk or tel. 020 7969 5296

Thurs 25 Nov 13.15
Okasha El Daly
Treasures of Sudan
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 25 Nov 18.30
Philip Matyszak
Women against Rome (Cleopatra, Boudica & Zenobia)
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. BMF event. Tickets £7.50. Booking 020 7323 8566, friends@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk; www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 25 Nov 18:45

Terence Du Quesne

Spirituality and eroticism in ancient Egypt

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 27 Nov 19.30
Zipang: Mesopotamian storytelling for adults
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1. £10/£5. 020 7278 3624 zipang03@btopenworld.com

Mon 29 Nov 16.00
Leila Sansour
Palestinian film as archival memory
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Mon 29 Nov 17.30
Charles Melville
The Story of Bizhan and Manizha and its illustrations
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. BIPS lecture follows AGM. Free admission. Further information: www.britac.ac.uk BIPS Office Tel. 020 7969 5203; Email: bips@britac.ac.uk

Mon 29 Nov 18.00
St John Simpson
From Persepolis to Bloomsbury: changing displays of ancient Persia in the British Museum
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar - Recent work on the Achaemenid Empire. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Wed 1 Dec 17.30
Tony Wilkinson
Archaeology in the Highlands of Yemen
Garwood Lecture Theatre, UCL Main Building Gower Street entrance, first floor, South Wing, Earth Sciences Dept. Society for Arabian Studies joint lecture with British-Yemeni Society. Contact: ionisthompson@ukonline.co.uk

Thurs 2 Dec 16.30
Lamia Al Gailani Werr
Iraq's cultural heritage - challenges and opportunities
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1. ICOMOS-UK Christmas Lecture in association with the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. Admission: students £8; members (ICOMOS & BSAI) £12.50 and non-members £15. Tickets from: International Council on Monuments & Sites UK, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ. For further information contact: 020 7566 0031; admin@icomos-uk.org

Thurs 2 Dec 17.00
Fekri Hassan
Famine in ancient and medieval Egypt
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars: Famine, Black Death and health in the past. All welcome. Contact Daniel Antoine: d.antoine@ucl.ac.uk

Thurs 2 Dec 18:45

Cornelia Roemer

Education in Roman Egypt

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 3 Dec 13.00
Film
Nubia: the forgotten kingdom
Clore Education Centre, British Museum. Discovery Channel film, free entry.

Sat 4 Dec 14.30
speaker and topic tba
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. EES AGM and lecture. Contact 020 7242 1880, www.ees.ac.uk

Mon 6 Dec 16.00
Bip Chandra
Palestinian photography as archival memory
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct

Tues 7 Dec 17.00
Paul Bennett & Andrew Wilson
The Society's excavations at Eusperides
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Society for Libyan Studies lecture follows AGM. All welcome. Contact Shirley Strong: sstrong@btclick.com

Wed 8 Dec 13.15
Vivian Davies
Egypt and the coming of Kush British Museum free gallery talk, meet Rm 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 8 Dec 15.30
Philip Betancourt
Excavations in the Hagios Charalambos cave
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 8 Dec 18.00
David Mattingly
'Christians to the mines': Roman copper exploitation in the Jordanian desert
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379; fax 020 7486 7438; www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 9 Dec 18:45

George Hart

Art and propaganda in ancient Egypt

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 13 Dec 13.00
Film
The black pharaohs
Clore Education Centre, British Museum. BBC 2004 film, free entry.

Mon 13 Dec 16.00
Karen Wright, Eleni Asouti, Jane Callander, Stuart Laidlaw
Women and the archaeology of Palestine: Kathleen Kenyon, Dorothy Garrod, Cecilia Western, and today
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, Gordon Sq WC1. IOA Research Seminars, for details see 4 Oct. Contact beverley.butler@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 13 Dec 18.00
John Curtis
Discussion of the forthcoming exhibition, 'Splendours of ancient Persia from Cyrus to Alexander the Great'
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar - Recent work on the Achaemenid Empire. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Thurs 16 Dec 17.30
Sir Terence Clark
The noble art of the chase under the Abbasid Caliphs
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace SW1. British School of Archaeology in Iraq AGM (17.30) and lecture (17.45). Non-members are welcome to attend the lecture. Please confirm your attendance to: BSAI Sec., Mrs. JP MacIver at bsai@britac.ac.uk or tel. 01440 785 244, 020 7969 5274 (voice mail), fax. 020 7969 5401

Thurs 16 Dec 18:45

Zaki Badawy

Islam and the West

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 17 Dec 18.30
Martin Davies
The drowned land of Nubia and the rescue of the monuments
Room G6, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Sq WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum Christmas lecture. All welcome. Further information 020 7679 2369; pmf@ijnet.demon.co.uk

18-19 Dec
Conference
City and harbour: The archaeology of ancient Alexandria
St. Hugh's College, OXFORD. The Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) event. Full details from Jonathan Cole, OCMA, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1, 01865 202243; jonathan.cole@archaeology.ox.ac.uk

Mon 10 Jan 17.30
Andrew Garrard
Mountains, forests and the early prehistory of Lebanon
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. CBRL lecture. All welcome. Contact Penny McParlin: 020 7969 5296, cbrl@britac.ac.uk

Thurs 13 Jan 18:45

David Jeffreys

Archive sources for the study of Memphis and their value

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

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.