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

London Diary for the Ancient Near East: No.31

Wed 6 April 17.00
Thomas Tselios
Prepalatial copper metalworking and Minoan society
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL. Current research seminar. All welcome. Enquiries to Todd Whitelaw, t.whitelaw@ucl.ac.uk

Thurs 7 April 18.30
Fred Leemhuis
Archaeology and restoration at El Qasr in the Dakhleh oasis
Egyptian Education and Cultural Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. EECB and British Egyptian Society lecture. All welcome. Tel: 020 7491 7720, fax: 020 7408 1335, egypt.culture@btconnect.com

Sat 9 April
Conference: Christianity in Iraq
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Speakers include Mar Aprem, John Healey, Wassilios Klein, Erica Hunter, George Kiraz. Tickets GBP 25/20/10. Contact 01223 566493, www.easternchristianity.com

Sat 9 April 14.00
Hilary Williams
Study session - David Roberts and Louis Haghe
Sackler Room, British Museum. Tickets GBP 15/10. Contact Box Office for details. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Tues 12 April 13.15
Sam Moorhead
Lachish: the destruction of a city
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 10. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 13 April 13.15
George Hart
Interpreting ancient Egyptian reliefs
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 4. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 13 April 18.00
Archie Walls
Examples of the mason's art in Jerusalem
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379, fax 020 7486 7438, www.pef.org.uk

Wed 13 April 18.00
Alison Roberts
The Egyptian Book of Life
Essex Unitarian Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace W8. Temenos Academy event, online booking required at www.temenosacademy.org

Fri 15 April 18.30
Jose Perez-Accino
The temple of Herishef
N.B. CHANGE OF VENUE Lecture theatre 1.02, Engineering Building UCL, Malet Place WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture. All welcome. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369, pmf@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Mon 18 April 14.00
Conference: Late Antique and Byzantine education: The School of Alexandria and the new archaeological evidence
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet St WC1. Speakers include Richard Sorabji, Judith Mackenzie, Raffaella Cribiore. Admission is free, but refreshments must be booked by April 15th with Irina Kukota, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, irina.kukota@oriental-institute.oxford.ac.uk. Further information www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Mon 18 April 16.45
Grzegorz Majcherek
The excavation at Alexandria
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet St WC1. ICLS Kassman Lecture followed by Reception. Admission free, but a ticket must be booked by April 15th with Irina Kukota, as above

Tues 19 April
Colloquium: The Late Antique and Byzantine classroom
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet St WC1. Annual ICS Byzantine Colloquium. Speakers include David Ganz, Carlotta Dionisotti, Ruth Webb, Benet Salway, Simon Corcoran, Dennis Stathakopoulos, Raffaella Cribiore, Yannis Papadoyannakis. Admission is free, but refreshments must be booked (lunch GBP 5) by April 15th with Irina Kukota, as above

18-20 April
Symposium: Understanding the history of ancient Israel
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. Tickets GBP 30/20. Further information from the British Academy, tel: 020 7969 5264, events@britac.ac.uk, www.britac.ac.uk

Wed 20 April 18.00
David Ussishkin
Lachish, Megiddo and the Philistine settlement in the coastal plain
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Thurs 21 April 18.00
Wang Tao
Parthia and China: a historical and archaeology investigation
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Russell Sq WC1. Part of 'The Idea of Iran: from Khorasan to the Euphrates' lecture series organised by the LMEI and British Museum. Supported by the Soudavar Memorial Foundation. Contact 020 7898 5330, lmei@soas.ac.uk

Fri 22 and Sat 23 April 13.15
G Landor
Stories from Troy: performed readings of texts old and new
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 13. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 23 April 13.00
Jasleen Khandari
Arts of the Mughal Empire
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd SW7. Free Gallery talk. Contact 020 7942 2000, www.vam.ac.uk

Tues 26 April 17.15
Tim Cornell
Language, literacy and identity in the ancient Mediterranean
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet St WC1. Accordia research seminar series. www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 27 April 19.00
Emese Fichtinger-Pasztor
Ottoman-Turkish and Iranian textiles in the collection of the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts
Khalili lecture theatre SOAS, Thornhaugh Street WC1. Islamic Art Circle lecture. For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769 or rosalindhaddon@aol.com

Thurs 28 April 13.15
J Williams
War and empires: Greek and Roman North Africa
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 69a. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 28 April 18.00
Josef Wiesehofer
Fars under the Seleucids and the Parthians
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Russell Sq WC1. Part of 'The Idea of Iran: from Khorasan to the Euphrates' lecture series organised by the LMEI and British Museum. Supported by the Soudavar Memorial Foundation. Contact 020 7898 5330, lmei@soas.ac.uk

Thurs 28 April 18.45
Neal Spencer
Current research in Egypt
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

Thurs 28 April 19.00
Will Jones
Tourism in the Omo Delta: friend or foe?
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture, events@anglo-ethiopian.org

Thurs 5 May 18.45
Renee Friedman
Elephants and giraffes of Hierakonpolis
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

Fri 6 May
Day of talks on Institute of Archaeology Research at Catalhoyuk
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Sq WC1. Speakers will include Eleni Asouti - charcoal analysis, Louise Cooke - mud brick architecture, Marion Cutting - the settlement architecture at Catalhoyuk, Simon Hillson - human remains, Emma Jenkins - phytoliths and small mammals, Louise Martin - zooarchaeology, Nick Merriman - developing a public interpretation strategy (Nick will also show a DVD made on site), Liz Pye - the institute's conservation programme, Karen Wright - the ground stone technology, Shahina Farid (Catalhoyuk Project, Cambridge) - brief results from the 2004 fieldseason; plans for 2005 and beyond. All welcome. Details of timetable and titles from Susan Thatcher ioa-reception@ucl.ac.uk

Fri 6 May 18.30
Kasia Szpakowska
Spotty dogs and other guardians of the afterlife
Lecture theatre 1.02, Engineering Building UCL, Malet Place. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture. All welcome. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369, pmf@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Sat 7 May 09.30
Study Day: Alchemy and philosophy in Egypt across the ages
Egyptian Education and Cultural Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tickets GBP 25 include lunch. Speakers include Terence DuQuesne, Kasia Szpakowska, Charles Burnett, Okasha El Daly. Details from 020 7491 7720, fax 020 7408 1335, egypt.culture@btconnect.com

Sat 7 May 10.30
Study Day: Egypt's Western Desert and the origins of Egyptian civilisation
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1. Bloomsbury Academy event. Speakers include Andras Zboray, Stefan Krspelin, Heiko Reimer. Tickets GBP 33 from the Box Office, UCL Bloomsbury, 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH. Tel: 020 7388 8822

Tues 10 May 17.15
Ruth Whitehouse
Language, literacy and identity in the ancient Mediterranean
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Accordia research seminar series. www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 11 May 20.00
Zipang performance: Lugalbanda and the Anzud Bird
Camden Ceilidh Storytelling Club, 99 Torriano Ave NW5 (nr Kentish Town Underground Station). Myth retold by Fran Hazelton, London-born Mesopotamian storyteller accompanied by Tara Jaff, Halabja-born harpist, singer, composer. ?’5.00 entry. Enquiries: Fran Hazelton 020 7278 3624

Thurs 12 May 18.15
Harriet Crawford
Loss and memory
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. British School of Archaeology in Iraq lecture, followed by the launch of 'The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad: The Lost Legacy of Ancient Mesopotamia', ed. A M H Schuster & M Polk. Non-members are welcome but please confirm your attendance by 9th May to: BSAI Sec., Mrs J P MacIver at bsai@britac.ac.uk or tel: 01440 785 244, 020 7969 5274 (voice mail)

Thurs 12 May 18.45
Carol Andrews
A priestly community at Ptolemaic Thebes from the Demotic documents
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

Mon 16 May 16.30
Mary Douglas
Revisiting Leviticus and Numbers as well as kingship in the context of the ancient Near East and Egypt
Rm 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Mary Douglas seminar series. Chair: Stephen Quirke, plus invited specialist discussants. All welcome but please RSVP to Susie at Reception on ycrnrol@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 16 May 18.00
Gideon Hadas
The ancient village of Ein Gedi in the light of recent excavations
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Wed 18 May
Study Day: Islamic Burial
University of LEEDS. Organised by Anne Macklin, Dionisius Agius and Francine Stone, examining early Islamic burial, funerary ritual and burial practice. Contact Anne Macklin, anne662@ntlworld.com

Wed 18 May 15.30
Daniel Pullen
A 'coastscape' view of the Aegean Bronze Age: centres, peripheries and that in between
Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. Further information 020 7862 8700 / 8715, www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 18 May 19.00
Susan Stronge
Illuminating Mughal manuscripts
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street WC1. Islamic Art Circle 7th Toby Falk Memorial Lecture. Contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769 or rosalindhaddon@aol.com

Thurs 19 May 16.30
Mary Douglas
Revisiting grid and group
Rm 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Mary Douglas seminar series. Chair: Stephen Shennan, plus invited specialist discussants. All welcome but please RSVP to Susie at Reception on ycrnrol@ucl.ac.uk

Thurs 19 May 18.30
Peter Pfaelzner
Excavating the royal tomb at Qatna
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379, fax 020 7486 7438, www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 19 May 18.45
Doris Behrens-Abouseif
The lighthouse of Alexandria in the Middle Ages
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

Mon 23 May 12.00
David Damrosch
Scriptworlds: Global scripts and the formation of world literature
SOAS, Russell Sq WC1, Rm G59. Lecture hosted jointly by the AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East. All welcome. Contact Gillian Hudson on gh17@soas.ac.uk

Tues 24 May 16.30
Mary Douglas
Revisiting Purity and Danger: socialising symbols
Rm 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Mary Douglas seminar series. Chair: Charles Burnett, plus invited specialist discussants. All welcome but please RSVP to Susie at Reception on ycrnrol@ucl.ac.uk

Thurs 26 May 16:30
Mary Douglas
How I got to where I am: from Anthropology to Literary Criticism
Rm 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Mary Douglas seminar series. Chair: Peter Ucko, plus invited specialist discussants. All welcome but please RSVP to Susie at Reception on ycrnrol@ucl.ac.uk

Thurs 26 May 18.45
Vivian Davies
Recent epigraphic work in Edfu
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

Wed 1 June 18.30
Margaret Serpico
Petrie and the British School of Archaeology in Egypt
Lecture theatre 1.02, Engineering Building UCL, Malet Place. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture - all welcome. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369, pmf@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Thurs 2 June 17.30
Harriet Crawford
Early Dilmun seals: a world in miniature
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. Society for Arabian Studies lecture follows AGM. Further information: ionisthompson@ukonline.co.uk

Thurs 2 June 18.45
Stephen Quirke
The writers that count: the world of the Lahun papyri
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

3-4 June
Colloquium: Iconography without texts
Warburg Institute WC1. Saturday session speakers on ANE include Jerrold Cooper, Denise Schmandt-Besserat, John Baines. Admission free. For further information and advance booking please contact Elizabeth Witchell at the Warburg Institute. Tel: 020 7862 8909, Elizabeth.Witchell@sas.ac.uk

Sat 4 June 10.00-17.00
Study Day: Pharaohs and the Pyramids
Lorna Oakes Power and Propaganda: Pyramids in perspective
Robert Morkot Little Pointy Things: Pyramids of Meroe and elsewhere
Fred Newman Lament of the bent pyramid builder
Jose Perez-Accino The King and the Starry Night: The ancient Egyptian pyramid
Lecture Room B36, Birkbeck College, Malet Street WC1. Tea and coffee provided. Lunch not included. Fee GBP30 ( GBP15 concessions). Further info and booking: Archaeology desk, Faculty of Continuing Education, 26 Russell Square London WC1B 5DQ. Tel: 0207 631 6627

Wed 8 June 18.00
Felicity Cobbing & Raouf Sa'd Abujaber
Beyond the river: Jordan in early photographs
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Palestine Exploration Fund lecture follows AGM. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379, fax 020 7486 7438, www.pef.org.uk

Wed 8 June 19.00
Maciej Witkowski
From glory to decline: history of the funerary complex of the Great Amir Qurqumas (1511) in Cairo
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street WC1. Islamic Art Circle lecture. Contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769 or rosalindhaddon@aol.com

Thurs 9 June 17.30
Zipang performance: Lugalbanda and the Anzu bird
British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace SW1. British School of Archaeology in Iraq Forum followed by storytelling in honour of the late Jeremy Black. Non-members welcome. Please confirm your attendance to: BSAI Sec., Mrs J P MacIver at bsai@britac.ac.uk, 01440 785244, 020 7969 5274 (voicemail)

Thurs 9 June 18.00
Tim Mackintosh Smith
The Hall of a Thousand Columns. Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battuta
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore SW7 2AR. Royal Asiatic Society lecture. Tickets GBP 10 / Fellows GBP 8, contact Catherine Melia on 020 7724 4741, cm@royalasiaticsociety.org

Thurs 9 June 18.45
Niall Finneran
Archaeology of Christian Egypt
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

Sat 11 June
Study Day: 'Gossips and pedants': learning from ancient Egyptian texts
Brunei Gallery lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. EES Study Day. Speakers include Morris Bierbrier, Roland Enmarch, Angela McDonald, John Tait, John Baines. Tickets GBP 22. Only bookings from EES members (who may apply for one guest ticket) will be accepted until 20 May 2005. After that, tickets will be sold strictly on a first-come, first-served basis from the EES, Doughty Mews, London WC1. Contact 020 7242 1880, www.ees.ac.uk

Wed 15 June 19.00
Laurence & Marianne Ben-Nathan
Tourists in Ethiopia
Room G50, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture, events@anglo-ethiopian.org

Thurs 16 June 17.30
Brian Byrd
Early village and household organisation at neolithic Beidha, Jordan.
Lecture Hall, British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. Hosted by CBRL, non-members very welcome. Further information from Penny McParlin at cbrl@britac.ac.uk or 020-7969-5296.

Thurs 16 June 18.45
Salah Ghobashi
A study in cultural depth
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. All welcome

Mon 20 June 18.00
Gideon Forster and Ehud Netzer
A Byzantine synagogue identified: excavations in southern Albania
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

21-23 June 9.30-17.30
Conference: Herod and Augustus
Cruciform Building UCL. International conference, admission free. Speakers: Joseph Geiger, Ehud Netzer, Joseph Patrich, Barbara Burrell, Gideon Foerster, Dan Bahat, Silvia Rozenberg, Malka Hershkovitz, Stephan Schmid, Ittai Gradel, Daniel R. Schwartz, David Goodblatt, Anthony A. Barrett, Denis Saddington, John Creighton. Further information: Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL, Gower Street WC1E 6BT. Tel: 020 7679 3520, fax 020 7209 1026, uclhvtm@ucl.ac.uk, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrew-jewish/ijs

Fri 24 June 18.30
Paolo Scremin
Tomb photography: a peek inside the camera bag
Lecture theatre 1.02, Engineering Building UCL, Malet Place. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture follows AGM at 18.00. All welcome. Followed by Summer Party, tickets GBP 12.50. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369, pmf@ijnet.demon.co.uk

Sat 25 June 14.00-16.00
Demonstration: Arabic calligraphy
with calligraphers Mustafa Ja'far and Ali Saeedi
John Addis Islamic gallery (Room 34), British Museum WC1. Drop-in sessions, no need to book. This accompanies 'Making of the Master: the Art of Arabic Calligraphy' in the Islamic gallery until 4 September 2005. There will be another demonstration in the Islamic gallery on 23 July 14.00-16.00 with Mustafa Ja'far.

Mon 27 June 17.30
Paul Luft
Tradition and change in Qajar Iran: bazgasht and rock-reliefs
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. British Institute of Persian Studies lecture. All welcome. For further details contact: 020 79695203, bips@britac.ac.uk

Mon 27 June 19.00
Ato Demeke Berhane
Preserving Ethiopia's cultural heritage: the role of the Manuscript Archive of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies
Room B102 Brunei Building, SOAS, Russell Sq WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture, events@anglo-ethiopian.org

11 July-5 Aug
Bloomsbury Summer School
History Dept, UCL WC1. 8 one-week courses on Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Course fee GBP 300 (hieroglyphs GBP 310). Further information from Bloomsbury Summer School, Dept History, UCL Gower St WC1E 6BT. Tel: 020 7679 3622, fax 020 7413 839, www.Egyptology-uk.com/Bloomsbury

Tues 12 July 18.00
Professor Sir John Boardman
The unique splendour of Persepolis
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. British Museum Department of the Ancient Near East 13th Vladimir G. Lukonin Memorial Lecture followed by a reception. Admission by free ticket only from Claire Burton, 0207 323 8315, cburton@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

11-15 July
Summer school: Christopher Hallet
Pharaohs, priests and scribes: self-representation in the art of ancient Egypt, 2500 BC-AD 250
Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School, fee £350. Further details from Dr Cecily Hennessy, Head of Adult Learning, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, Tel: 020 7848 2678, Fax: 020 7848 2589, Email: short.courses@courtauld.ac.uk; Website: www.courtauld.ac.uk

Wed 13 July 18.00
Edgar Pusch
Piramesses: capital of Ramses the Great and portal to the Eastern Mediterranean
Clore Education Centre, British Museum WC1. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2005. Ticket details below

14-15 July
Colloquium: Egypt and the Hittites
Clore Education Centre, British Museum WC1. Dept Ancient Egypt and the Sudan Annual Egyptological Colloquium. Tickets GBP 25 per day, + Sackler lecture GBP 10 (students half price, BMF GBP 54). Tickets will be available after 1st June from Alison Cameron, Department AE&S, British Museum, Great Russell St WC1 (enclose s.a.e). Tel: 0207 323 8312, Fax: 0207 323 8303, acameron@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk (head message: Sackler/Colloquium 2005/your name/nature of query/date), www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

21-23 July
Conference: Seminar for Arabian Studies
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. For further information contact: Ardle MacMahon, Seminar for Arabian Studies, The British Museum, Department ANE, Great Russell Street, WC1. Fax addressed to Ardle MacMahon + 44 (0)20 8985 3561, seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk

Mon 25 July 17.00
Marta Luciani
Palaces and the city: the case of Tell Mishrifeh/Qatna
17.45 Arnulf Hausleiter
Tayma 2004-2005. Archaeological investigations in NW-Saudi-Arabia
Rm 612, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square WC1. Guest lectures. Contact Xander Veldhuijzen, h.veldhuijzen@ucl.ac.uk

Wed 14 Sept 19.00
Dorothea McEwan
Picturing apocalypse at Gondar
Room B102 Brunei Building, SOAS, Russell Sq WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture, events@anglo-ethiopian.org

Mon 19 Sept 18.00
Trude Dothan
Clash of cultures: Philistines and Israelites
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

23-25 Sept
Conference: British Egyptology Congress
Department of Zoology lecture theatre and Fitzwilliam Museum, CAMBRIDGE. Organised by the University of Cambridge and the EES. GBP 50 (including entrance to the Glanville lecture and reception on Saturday and a buffet lunch on Sunday). Full-time registered students are eligible to apply for tickets at a discounted rate of GBP 30 (proof of status required). British Egyptology Congress 2005, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB. Enquiries to 01223 332905, fitzmuseum-egypt@lists.cam.ac.uk

Sat 24 Sept 17.00
Vivian Davies
The tomb of Sa-ta-Imau and Edfu's sacred hill
Department of Zoology lecture theatre, CAMBRIDGE. Stephen Glanville Memorial Lecture. Tickets free on application, details above

Wed 28 Sept
Course: Introduction to Akkadian
Thurs 29 Sept
Course: Intermediate Akkadian
Bloomsbury area. Two 26-week evening courses in Akkadian taught by Frances Reynolds. Enrolment opens from 30th June 2005. Places are limited so early enrolment is recommended. To request a Birkbeck FCE 2005 Prospectus for the archaeology of Egypt and Ancient Near East contact 0845 601 0174. Enquires about these courses to Birkbeck FCE Archaeology, 26 Russell Sq, WC1. Tel: 020 7631 6627, archaeology@fce.bbk.ac.uk

29 Sept-1 Oct
Conference: The world of Achaemenid Persia
Clore Education Centre, British Museum WC1. British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation event to coincide with BM exhibition. Tickets GBP 100 (GBP 80 concessions, GBP 40 full-time students with proof of status). Registration forms can be downloaded from the website of the Iran Heritage Foundation www.iranheritage.org. Enquiries to Iran Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AH, tel: 020 75846949, fax: 020 75846709, farhad@iranheritage.org

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. For confirmation of lecture details please contact the respective organisations.