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

London Diary for the Ancient Near East: No.32

Thurs 6 Oct 18.30
John Curtis
The art of Achaemenid Persia: origins and influence
BP Lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Persian Culture and Heritage lecture series organised by the British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation. Tickets £5/£3 from Box Office 020 7323 8181, fax: 020 7323 8616; boxoffice@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk. www.iranheritage.org/achaemenidlectureseries

Mon 10 Oct 16.30
Bill Finlayson
The significance of increasing sedentism during the PPNA of Jordan
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Seminar series: See 3 October for details.

Mon 10 Oct 18.00
James Crow
The water supply of Byzantine Constantinople: a review of ten years' research
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1. Joint BIAA / Anglo-Turkish Society lecture. Admission free on application. Tel: 020 7969 5204. Fax: 020 7969 5401. biaa@britac.ac.uk.

Tues 11 Oct 17.30
Graham Philip
The contrasting landscapes of Syria: fieldwork in the Orontes Valley
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. CBRL Annual Crystal Bennett Memorial lecture. All welcome. Contact Penny Wiggins: 020 7969 5296, cbrl@britac.ac.uk

Wed 12 Oct 13.15
Lorna Oakes
Susa: royal city of Darius
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 12 Oct 15.30
Susan Lupack
Secular and sacred 'collectors': how did they manage to make a living
Rm 329/330, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. Further information Olga Krzyszkowska 020 7862 8700 / 8715, email: olgak@sas.ac.uk www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 12 Oct 18.00
Terence Mitchell
The Bible and the Persian period
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. BM Department of the Ancient Near East 9th Anna Gray Noe Memorial Lecture. Admission free, no tickets required. Claire Burton, 0207 323 8315, cburton@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 12 Oct 18.00
Bill Kimbel
Beyond Lucy: the Hadar site and its importance in human evolution
JZ Young lecture theatre, Anatomy Building UCL, Gower St. Leverhulme Lecture. Admission free, no tickets required.

Thurs 13 Oct 18.00
Peter Chasseaud
The secret survey: Newcombe's survey of Southern Palestine 1914
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 13 Oct 18.30
Bettany Hughes
Helen of Troy
CEC, British Museum WC1. Tickets £5/£3, British Museum Box Office, contact details see Oct 6th

Fri 14 Oct and 25 Nov 13.15
Irving Finkel
The story of Persian cuneiform
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 15 Oct 13.15
George Hart
Nubians in ancient art
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 65. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 17 Oct 16.30
Douglas Baird
Networks of diversity: sedentarization in Central Anatolia
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Seminar series: See 3 October for details.

Mon 17 Oct 18.00
Andrew George
The mythology of writing
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar: Writing in Mesopotamia and Egypt. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Wed 19 Oct 13.15
Lorna Oakes
Ashurbanipal and the Elamites
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 89. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 19 Oct 17.00
Richard Jones
Kilns and ceramic production in the Greek world
Rm 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Classical Archaeology seminar. Further information 020 7862 8700 / 8715, www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 19 Oct 18.00
Carl Phillips
Big birds, bees and trees in South Arabia, past and present
Middle East Association, 33 Bury St SW1. All welcome. British Yemeni Society lecture preceded by refreshments

Wed 19 Oct 19.00
Noha Sadek
Gold and lapis for the Sultan: the painted mosques of Rasulid Yemen
Khalili Lecture theatre SOAS, Thornhaugh Street WC1. Islamic Art Circle at SOAS lecture. For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769 or RosalindHaddon@aol.com

Wed 19 Oct 20.00
Zipang
Stories from ancient Mesopotamia
Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue NW5. Zipang performance with storytellers June Peters, Fran Hazelton & harpist Tara Jaff. Tickets on the door £5/£3. Nearest tube: Kentish Town. zipang03@btopenworld

Thurs 20 Oct 17.30
P Starkey & P Clark
Reading the peninsula: issues in translating Arabian literature
Khalili Lecture theatre, SOAS. Society for Arabian Studies lecture. All welcome

Fri 21 Oct 18.30
Harco Willems
The colossal statue of Djehutihotep: reflections on the cultic landscape of Deir el-Bersheh
Lecture theatre 1, Cruciform Building UCL, Gower St. Friends of the Petrie Museum Annual Petrie Memorial Lecture. Tickets £10/PMF £7. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369, j.picton@ucl.ac.uk

Mon 24 Oct 16.30
Paul Halstead
Herders and farmers in the Pindos Mountains of NW Greece: interdependence, identity and the antiquity of pastoralism
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Seminar series: See 3 October for details

26-27 Oct
Family event Behind the scenes: conservation of ancient Egyptian coffins and mummies
British Museum free events at 11.00/ 14.00/ 15.50, meet Information Desk. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 26 Oct 17.30
Lord Renfrew
Becoming human: the archaeological challenge
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1.Free admission. Further information Tel: 020 7969 5246

Thurs 27 Oct 18.30
Tom Holland
Persian Fire: the first east-west 'clash of empires'
BP Lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Persian Culture and Heritage lecture series organised by the British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation. Tickets £5/£3 from Box Office, see Oct 6 for contact details

Fri 28 Oct 18.30
Dylan Bickerstaffe
The tomb-robbers of No-Amun
Gustave Tuck Lecture theatre, UCL Main Building, Gower St. Friends of the Petrie Museum - all welcome

Sat 29 Oct 10.00 - 17.00
Study Day In the corridor to Africa: rescue archaeology in Egypt and Sudan
Brunei Gallery lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Egypt Exploration Society Study Day. Speakers Chris Naunton, Derek Welsby, Pamela Rose, David Singleton, Eric Miller. Tickets £22 / student £15. EES, Doughty Mews, London WC1.

Mon 31 Oct 16.30
Steven Mithen
Neolithic hunter-gatherers and farmers in Wadi Faynan, Jordan
Room 612, Institute of Archaeology UCL, 30 Gordon Square WC1. Seminar series: See 3 October for details

Mon 31 Oct 18.00
John Baines
Orality and literacy in ancient Egypt
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar: Writing in Mesopotamia and Egypt. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Mon 31 Oct 18.00
Simon Goldhill
Whose temple? Whose prayers? Investigating the Temple of Jerusalem
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society / Institute of Jewish Studies UCL lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Thurs 3 Nov 13.15
George Hart
Egypt and Rome
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 70. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Fri 4 Nov 13.00
Ken Dark
Rediscovering Byzantine Constantinople: urban rescue archaeology in Istanbul 1998-2004
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum. BM free lecture No ticket required. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 5 Nov 10.30-17.30
Study Day The Nile Delta: powerbase of ancient Egypt
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1. Bloomsbury Academy event. Speakers include Penny Wilson, Donald Redford, Jose Perez Accino. Tickets £33 from the Box Office, UCL Bloomsbury, 15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH. Tel: 020 7388 8822. www.egyptology-uk.com/bloomsbury

Sat 5 Nov 11.00-16.30
Family events Splendours of ancient Persia
British Museum free family events day, meet Info Desk. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sun 6 Nov 13.15
Vesta Curtis
Forgotten empire: the world of ancient Persia (in Persian)
British Museum free gallery talk, check Info Desk for room number or: www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Tues 8 Nov 17.30
Mark Pearce
Size matters! Perceiving metals in the north Italian Bronze Age
Institute of Archaeology, 30 Gordon Sq WC1. ICLS / IA Accordia lecture. Further info 020 7862 8700 / 8715

Wed 9 Nov 15.30
Brigitta Eder
Olympia and Elis from Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age
Rm 329/330, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. ICLS Mycenaean seminar. Further information Olga Krzyszkowska 020 7862 8700 / 8715, email: olgak@sas.ac.uk www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Wed 9 Nov 18.00
Robert Bewley
Aerial archaeology in Jordan
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 10 Nov 17.30
M Aurenhammer
Tracing the sculptures of Ephesus: travels to Turkey, London and Vienna
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. Joint British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara / Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies lecture. Admission free on application. Tel: 020 7969 5204. Fax: 020 7969 5401. biaa@britac.ac.uk.
Thurs 10 Nov 18.30
Robin Lane Fox
'Alexander' and Persia: film and reality
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Persian Culture and Heritage lecture series organised by the British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation. Tickets £5/£3 from Box Office, see Oct 6 for contact details

Thurs 10 Nov 18.45
Okasha El Daly
Missing sources for the study of ancient Egypt
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Thurs 10 Nov 19.00
Clara Semple
The Maria Theresa Thaler in Ethiopia and beyond
Room L67 Main Building, SOAS, WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture, events@anglo-ethiopian.org

Fri 11 Nov 16.30
Julie Rowbotham
Egyptian influence on Ptolemaic religion
Rm 331, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Postgraduate work in progress report. Further information 020 7862 8700 / 8715, www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

11-13 Nov
Conference Earthen architecture in Iran & central Asia: its conservation, management, and relevance to contemporary society
Institute of Archaeology, UCL, in association with The Complex and Literate Societies Research Group and the Iran Heritage Foundation, conference in honour of the life & work of Robert Byron, in his centenary year. Tickets £25 / £10 students. Cheques, payable 'UCL' to Tim Williams, Institute of Archaeology 30 Gordon Sq, London WC1. Online registration www.ucl.ac.uk/mud/news/Conference/index.html; tel 020 7679 4722

Mon 14 Nov 18.00
Stephen Quirke
Access to Middle Kingdom writing in ancient Egypt
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar: Writing in Mesopotamia and Egypt. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Wed 16 Nov 19.00
Okasha El Daly
The missing millennium - ancient Egypt in medieval Arabic writings
Khalili lecture theatre SOAS, Thornhaugh Street WC1. Islamic Art Circle at SOAS lecture. Info, see 19 Oct

Thurs 17 Nov 13.15
Nigel Tallis
The Achaemenid Persian army
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Fri 18 Nov 18.30
Jose Ramon Perez-Accino
Theban tomb 39: news from the horizon of Puimre
Lecture theatre 2, Cruciform Building UCL, Gower St WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture - all welcome.

Sat 19 Nov 10.00-17.00
Study Day From ancient Persia to modern Iran: culture, politics, religion
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Organised by the British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation. Speakers include John Curtis, St John Simpson, Lloyd Llewellyn Jones, Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Sheila Canby, Hamid Keshmirshekan, Ali Ansari, Luke Treadwell. Tickets £28/ BMF £25 / £18 from museum’s Box Office

Sat 19 Nov 13.15
Lorna Oakes
Egypt and Nubia
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 65. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 21 Nov 18.00
C J Brandon
Caesarea Maritima: the world's first large-scale artificial harbour
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Thurs 24 Nov 18.45
Kamal Bayoumi
Abu Simbel of the NileEgyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Fri 25 Nov 13.15
Irving Finkel
The story of Persian cuneiform
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Fri 25 Nov 18.30
David Stronach
Persepolis in the ancient Near East
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Persian Culture and Heritage lecture series, followed by a screening of Persepolis a Reconstruction. Tickets £5/£3 from museum’s Box Office, see 6 Oct for contact details

Fri 25 Nov 18.30
Film Sidon 5000 Years
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum. A British Museum, Lebanese Embassy and Lebanese British Friends of the National Museum event. Film about the British Museum sponsored excavations at Sidon, and then a chance for questions followed by a drinks reception in the Assyrian basement gallery. Free event but tickets are necessary, contact Sarah Collins, Ancient Near East Dept., British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG scollins@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8944 Fax: +44(0)20 7323 8489. SOLD OUT, NO SEATS REMAIN

Mon 28 Nov 18.00
Marc Van De Mieroop
The origins of writing in Mesopotamia: a perspective from intellectual history
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminars: Writing in Mesopotamia and Egypt. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Tues 29 Nov 13.15
K Hoare
The dawn of Egyptology at the British Museum
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 6. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 30 Nov 13.15
St John Simpson
Moulding and casting: the story of the Persepolis casts in the British Museum
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 1 Dec 13.00
Film Persepolis recreated
Clore Centre, British Museum. 3D film recreation of ancient Persepolis. Tickets free on application from the British Museum, 020 7323 8181, fax: 020 7323 8616. boxoffice@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 1 Dec 18.30
Robert Hillenbrand
Islamic art in Iran: the Sasanian heritage
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Persian Culture and Heritage lecture series organised by the British Museum and Iran Heritage Foundation. Tickets £5/£3 from Box Office 020 7323 8181, fax: 020 7323 8616

Thurs 1 Dec 18.45
Sally-Ann Ashton
In search of Cleopatra's temple: recent fieldwork
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Sat 3 Dec 10.00-17.00
Study Day Jordan: From Nabatean Petra to Umayyad desert castles
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. BM Study Day supported by the Karim Rida Said Foundation. Tickets £28/£25BMF/£18 from Box Office 020 7323 8181, boxoffice@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk.

Sat 3 Dec time tbc
Jaromir Malek
Tutankhamun for all: Howard Carter's excavation records in the Griffiths Institute, Oxford
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Egypt Exploration Society AGM, lecture and reception. Contact 020 7242 1903

Wed 7 Dec 17.00
Vassiliki Adrymi Sismani
New light on the Mycenaeans in northern Greece: excavations at Dimini in Thessaly
Rm 329/330, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House WC1. Michael Ventris Memorial Lecture. Further information Olga Krzyszkowska 020 7862 8700 / 8715, email: olgak@sas.ac.uk www.sas.ac.uk/icls/

Thurs 8 Dec 18.45
Aidan Dodson
The tomb of Osiris at Abydos
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Fri 9 Dec 13.15
Sam Moorhead
The Persian empire: a model for Rome?
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 5. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 10 Dec 10.00-17.00
R David
Ancient Egyptian mummies: scientific studies on life, death and disease
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Study day, tickets £25(tbc). 020 7491 7720

Sat 10 Dec 13.15
Lorna Oakes
Egypt and Assyria
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 4. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Mon 12 Dec 18.00
Michel Tanret
Aspects of Babylonian writing
Room G51, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (BANEA South-East) research seminar: Writing in Mesopotamia and Egypt. All welcome. www.soas.ac.uk/anecentre

Wed 14 Dec 13.15
Nicholas Badcott
Treasures of Islamic Syria
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 34. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 14 Dec 18.00
Carol Palmer
Lucjan Turkowski's account of traditional rural life in 1940s Palestine
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Palestine Exploration Fund, The Reverend L.E.C. Evans Memorial Lecture. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379, fax 020 7486 7438, www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 15 Dec 17.45
Erica Hunter
Hira as a centre of Christianity during the Sassanid-Islamic periods
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. British School of Archaeology in Iraq lecture follows AGM at 17.30. Non-members welcome. Contact Mrs JP MacIver at bsai@britac.ac.uk, tel: 01440 785 244, 020 7969 5274 (voice mail)

Fri 16 Dec 18.30
John Johnston
Mummies, asps and far too much eye make-up: Egypt in the cinema
Lecture theatre G6, Institute of Archaeology, 30 Gordon Sq WC1. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture - all welcome. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369, j.picton@ucl.ac.uk

16-17 Dec
Conference Framing plots: the grammar of narrative in ancient Near Eastern literatures
Institute of Archaeology, 30 Gordon Sq WC1. Speakers include: Laura Feldt, Antonio Loprieno, Richard Parkinson, Chris Reingtes, John Tait, Herman Vanstiphout, Ewa Zakrzewska. Tickets £15/ £5 concessions. Cheques, payable to 'UCL', to Framing Plots Conference, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY. Contact: plots.conference@gmail.com www.oriental.cam.ac.uk/FramingPlots/

Wed 21 Dec 13.15
George Hart
Coptic Egypt
British Museum free gallery talk, meet Room 4. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

5-7 January
Conference of BANEA Environments of complexity
University of Edinburgh. Register online at www.arcl.ed.ac.uk/banea/Registration.htm or send cheques payable to 'BANEA (Edinburgh)', to Archaeology at Edinburgh, Old High School, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT. Registration £40/£20 (grants available for student members of BANEA http://www.art.man.ac.uk/ARTHIST/banea-stgrant.htm.). Further info www.arcl.ed.ac.uk/BANEA/

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.