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

London Diary for the Ancient Near East: No.34

Fri 5 May 18.30
Tom Hardwick
What Petrie found, what Petrie missed: Amenhotep III and his court in Sinai
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

Sat 6 May 10.00-17.00
Study Day Lucia Gahlin & Jan Picton
Living in an Egyptian town – Amarna and Gurob
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tickets £30. Tel: 020 7491 7720

Sat 6 May 10.00-17.00
Study day African Archaeology
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Speakers David Phillipson, Neal Spencer, Julie Anderson discuss current excavation work. Tickets £28/£25/£18 from the Box Office. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 6 May 10.00-17.00
Study day Christianity in Iraq III
Brunei Gallery lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. SOAS / BSAI event. Speakers Rifa'at Ebied, John Watt, Sidney Griffiths, Martin Tamcke, Antony O'Mahony. Tickets include lunch £28 / BSAI £22 / AECA £22 / Student £12 (with proof of status). Cheques payable to Dr. Erica Hunter, to Dept. for the Study of Religion, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG. Or register and pay on-line at www.easternchristianity.com. For further details, please contact: email: eh1@soas.ac.uk; Fax: 01223 566493

Wed 10 May 16.00-19.30
Birkbeck Open Evening Archaeology, Egyptology and ANE courses 2006-7
Diana Stein The Archaeology of Western Asia 1: Prehistory; The Archaeology of Western Asia, Seals and Sealings: Ancient Near Eastern Customs and Beliefs; Jack Green The Archaeology of the Second and First Millennia BC in the Levant and Eastern Mediterranean; Lorna Oakes Art and Empire: The Assyrian Palace Reliefs in the British Museum; Frances S Reynolds Introduction to Akkadian; Intermediate Akkadian: Texts II
Birkbeck College, Malet Street WC1. Enrolment opens 3 July. For a prospectus for all courses tel. 0845 601 0174. Further info Natalie Ping, tel: 020 7631 6627, Fax: 020 7631 6688, email: archaeology@fce.bbk.ac.uk

Thurs 11 May 13.15
Caroline Cartwright
The Bronze Age wooden tomb furniture from Jericho
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 58. All welcome

Thurs 11 May 18.45
Frances Welsh
Egyptian influence on Meroitic culture
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Fri 12 May 18.30
Mary Ann Murray
Feeding the town: plants & animals from the complex of the Giza Pyramid builders
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

Sat 13 May 10.30-17.30
Study Day Tutankhamun: from Amarna to Oxford
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1. A Bloomsbury Academy event. Speakers Jaromir Malek, Aidan Dodson, Christian Loeben. Tickets £33 from the Box Office, UCL Bloomsbury, 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH. Tel: 020 7388 8822. www.egyptology-uk.com/Bloomsbury

Sat 13 May 13.15
Lorna Oakes
Gods and goddesses of ancient Iraq
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 57. All welcome

Mon 15 May 18.00
Mark Spigelman
The Jerusalem shroud: a Second Temple burial answers modern medical questions
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society lecture. All welcome. Contact Diana Davis: 020 7691 1467, www.aias.org.uk

Tues 16 May 11.00-17.30
Colloquium Recent Archaeological Fieldwork in the Sudan
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. Sudan Archaeological Research Society event followed by reception. Speakers: Vivian Davies, Derek Welsby, Andrew Ginns, Sonia Guillen, Pawel Wolf, Friederike Jesse, David Edwards, Julie Anderson, Alan Wilkins, Herman Bell. Tickets £15 / SARS £10 / BMF £12.50. Cheques payable to SARS, sent to Hon Sec. SARS, Dept Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum, Gt Russell St WC1B 3DG, enclose s.a.e. Website www.sudarchrs.org.uk or email SARS@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 17 May 13.15
J Ambers
Pigments of ancient Egypt
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 66. All welcome

Wed 17 May 19.00
Claus-Peter Haase
Arabic-Persian calligraphy in Mughal albums
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Islamic Art Circle 8th Toby Falk Memorial lecture. For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769 or RosalindHaddon@aol.com

Thurs 18 May 18.30
Richard Parkinson
The first gay kiss? Same-sex desires in ancient Egypt
BP lecture theatre, British Museum WC1. BMF event. Tickets £5/£3 from the Box Office. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Thurs 18 May 18.45
Nial Finneran
Egyptian Christian monasticism: some archaeological themes
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

18 May-3 Sept
Summer season of events Middle East Now
Experience the cultures of the modern Middle East through art, music, film, performance and public debate. This season complements the special exhibition Word into art: artists of the modern Middle East. Details of events from the Box Office, tel: 020 7323 8181; email: boxoffice@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sun 21 May 14.00-16.00
Workshop Art and calligraphy
Great Court, British Museum WC1. BM demonstrations and workshops. Admission free

22-25 May
Conference Pharaonic and Ptolemaic-Roman Fortifications, Military Systems and Police Beats
University of Wales, SWANSEA. 29 speakers from Austria, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, UK and USA. Fees £65 / concessions £40. For more information and registration form, see the conference website: www.deltasinai.com/uwsegyptfort/index.htm. Further information from Dr. Sarah Parcak, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology, University of Wales-Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP. Email: s.parcak@swansea.ac.uk

Tues 23 May 13.15
George Hart
Alexander the Great and the conquest of Egypt
British Museum WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 22. All welcome

Tues 23 May 17.00
David Appleyard
Ethiopian studies at SOAS – past, present and future
Room B102 Brunei Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society lecture. All welcome. Further information: events@anglo-ethiopian.org

Wed 24 May 17.30
Paul Dresch
Arabia’s history in the nineteenth century: a list of petty wars and intestine broils
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Society for Arabian Studies lecture follows AGM. All welcome. Further information: ionisthompson@ukonline.co.uk; 020 7935 5379, www.societyforarabianstudies.org

Sat 27 May 14.00-17.00
Workshop Jila Peacock
Persian word art
Sackler Room, British Museum, WC1. British Museum ‘Middle East Now’ event. Tickets £15, concessions £12. 15 places only. Box office, tel.020 7323 8181; boxoffice@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

29 May-3 June 11.00-16.00
Half-term events From Sumer to Syria
Great Court, British Museum, WC1. Half-term children’s events. From Sumer to Syria explores the treasures of the British Museum’s collection. Admission free, just drop in

Thurs 1 June 13.15
St John Simpson
Cut and sparkle: insights into Sasanian glass
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 2. All welcome

Thurs 1 June 18.45
Patricia Spencer
Dance in ancient Egypt
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Friday 2 June 13.15
St John Simpson
Early discoveries in the Middle East
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 1. All welcome

Sat 3 June 13.15
George Hart
Sculpture from the reign of Amenhotep III
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 4. All welcome

Wed 7 June 19.30
Kim Hicks
‘Hers was the earth...’ the extraordinary life of Amelia Edwards
Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury, BRISTOL BS10 7QS. A one-woman show to celebrate the 175th birthday of Amelia Edwards. Tickets £13.50. Cheques payable ‘Bristol Magpies’ with s.a.e. to Rosemary Silvester(AE), 69 High Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8EP. Tel 0117 926 0990, email R.Silvester@bristol.ac.uk

Wed 7 June 19.00
Finbarr Barry Flood
Sultans of spin? New research on the Ghurids of Afghanistan
Khalili lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Islamic Art Circle 8th Toby Falk Memorial lecture. For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769 or RosalindHaddon@aol.com

Thurs 8 June 18.45
Renée Friedman
New discoveries in Hierakonpolis
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Sat 10 June 09.30-16.30
Soudavar Memorial Lecture Series The Idea of Iran: the early Sasanian period
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. London Middle East Institute / British Museum event. Speakers: Michael Alram, Prudence Harper, Turaj Daryaee, Philip Kreyenbroek, Yuri Stoyanov, Dietrich Huff. Tickets £15/£10 LMEI and conc. includes lunch and refreshments. Students free. Cheques payable to the London Middle East Institute, B318 SOAS, Russell Square WC1H 0XG. Enquiries: Naomi Massey 0207 898 4330, Vincenzo Paci 0207 898 4490, email: vp6@soas.ac.uk, www.lmei.soas.ac.uk

Mon 12 June 18.00
George Brooke
The site of Qumran: what is all the fuss about?
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

Thurs 15 June 18.00
Bruce Routledge
Moab in the Iron Age
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum, WC1. PEF lecture follows AGM. All welcome. Contact 020 7935 5379, Fax: 020 7486 7438, Email: execsec@pef.org.uk, www.pef.org.uk

Thurs 15 June 18.45
David Wengrow
A time before kings: the idea of prehistory in Egypt
Egyptian Education and Culture Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens W1. Tel: 020 7491 7720. All welcome

Sat 17 June 10.00-16.30
Study day Etruscans: Gods and Mortals
BP lecture theatre, British Museum. An introduction to the art and archaeology of the Etruscans with Judith Swaddling. Tickets £15/£12 from the Box Office. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Sat 17 June 10.00-13.00
Study day The Heavens on Earth: Astronomy and Ancient Egypt
Brunei lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Speakers Lisette Petrie, Prof Malcolm Coe, Dr Kate Spence, Dr Luc Gabolde, Dr Sarah Symons. Tickets from The Egypt Exploration Society, 3 Doughty Mews, London WC1N 2PG. Tel. 020 7242 1880, fax 020 7404 6118. www.ees.ac.uk

Sat 17 June 13.15
Lorna Oakes
Assyrian palaces architecture
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 6. All welcome

Tues 20 June 13.15
Nicholas Badcott
Ancient Iraq in conflict
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 23. All welcome

Thurs 22 June 17.00
Richard Snailham
Down the Blue Nile in boats
Room B102, Brunei Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. Anglo-Ethiopian Society illustrated lecture. All welcome. Further information: events@anglo-ethiopian.org

Fri 23 June 18.30
Penny Wilson
Twenty things we didn't know about Sais a year ago
Venue tbc. Friends of the Petrie Museum lecture (all welcome) follows AGM. Followed by Summer Party, tickets £15 for members. Further information from Jan Picton 020 7679 2369, j.picton@ucl.ac.uk

Thurs 29 June 17.15
Lloyd Ridgeon
The Zurkaneh between tradition and change
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace SW1. British Institute for Persian Studies Summer Lecture. For further information please contact Elahe Yazdi, BIPS Secretary, tel. 020 7969 5203, email: bips@britac.ac.uk

Sat 1 July
Conference Pilgrims and Travellers to Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Convent
ASTENE / Oxford University CE conference. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA. Tickets £38 (£47 with lunch). Cheques to ‘OUDCE’, sent to OUDCE Day School Administrator, address above. Enquiries to: 01865 270368, email: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk
2-5 July
Workshop The Fifth International Workshop for African Archaeobotany
Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Gordon Sq WC1. Register on arrival £65 / students £35. Further information from Dr Dorian Fuller Fax 020 7383 2572, email d.fuller@ucl.ac.uk or website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/events/index.htm

Tues 4 July 18.00
Bruno Overlaet
The archaeology of the Luristan bronzes from ancient Iran BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum. Department of the Ancient Near East annual Vladimir G. Lukonin Memorial Lecture. Admission Free. Enquiries to Claire Burton, 020 7323 8315, email cburton@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Wed 5 July 13.15
Peter Bevan
Arabic calligraphy in the Middle East
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 34. All welcome

Thurs 6 July 18.30
Robert Irwin, Amit Chaudhuri, Michael Wood, Terry Eagleton
Orientalism now: the legacy of Edward Said
British Museum, WC1. ‘Middle East Now’ event in partnership with the London Review of Books. Tickets £5, concessions. Box office, tel.020 7323 8181; boxoffice@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Friday 7 July 13.15
Julie Anderson
Kulubnarti, a thousand years of one community in Northern Sudan
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 61. To be confirmed. All welcome

10 July-4 Aug
Bloomsbury Summer School
History Dept, UCL, Gordon St WC1. 8 one-week courses on Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Course fee £310 (hieroglyphs £320). 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

14-16 July
Conference Egypt: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies
Department of Archaeology, Collingwood College, University of DURHAM. Tickets £45; Student £30, Conference Dinner, Saturday evening: £20. Cheques payable to ‘University of Durham’, Egypt Conference, Department of Archaeology, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE. Conference enquiries: Rachael Dann, r.j.dann@durham.ac.uk ; Karen Exell, k.m.exell@durham.ac.uk. website: www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology

Tues 18 July 18.00
Laure Pantalacci
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology – title tba
BP lecture theatre, British Museum, WC1. Ticket details with colloquium information below

19-20 July
Annual International Egyptological Colloquium Dakhla and Kharga Oases
British Museum, WC1. No tickets will be available until AFTER 1 June, from Alison Cameron. Telephone: 020 7323 8306; Fax: 020 7323 8303; Email: acameron@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk (Please entitle email messages: Sackler/Colloquium 2006/your name/nature of query/date) Further information www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/aes/sackler06.html

27-29 July
Conference Seminar for Arabian Studies
The British Museum, WC1. Papers on the archaeology, history and languages of the Arabian peninsula. Tickets £75 or £30 per day (BMF £40/£15; students £20/£10) For further details and booking contact: Dr Ardle MacMahon, Seminar for Arabian Studies, c/o Asia Dept, The British Museum, London WC1B 3DG. Fax:020 8985 3561. Email seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk, website www.arabianseminar.org.uk

Thurs 27 July 18.30
Derek Kennet
Corridor of commerce: archaeology and the lives of the peoples of the Gulf over seven thousand years
BP lecture theatre, British Museum, WC1. Tickets £5, concessions £3. Box office, tel.020 7323 8181; boxoffice@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

31 July-2 Aug
Conference A Question of Sex? Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible
Strand Campus, King’s College London. Department of Theology and Religious Studies conference. Speakers include Prof. Carol Meyersand, Prof. Tal Ilan. Further information from Dr Deborah Rooke, deborah.rooke@kcl.ac.uk. info@bbk.ac.uk. Faculty of Continuing Education, 26 Russell Square Bloomsbury WC1B 5DQ. www.bbk.ac.uk

1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 August, 11.00 – 16.00
Family summer events Middle East Family Summer
British Museum, WC1. A feast of Middle Eastern entertainment, events and storytelling. Admission free, just drop in. Further details available from the Reading Room and www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Tues 1 Aug 13.15
Carolyn Perry
Arabic calligraphy in art
British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 35. All welcome

3-5 August
Conference Sixth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies
SOAS, Thornhaugh St WC1. International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF), and the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) event. Further information from the Iran Heritage Foundation website at www.iranheritage.org Iran Heritage Foundation, 5 Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AH. Tel. 020 7493 4766, fax 020 7499 9293, info@iranheritage.org

Tues 29 Aug 13.15
Paul Clifford
Ancient board games of the Middle East British Museum, WC1. Gallery talk, meet Rm 3. All welcome

Tues 19 Sept
Kirwan Memorial Lecture
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum, WC1. Sudan Archaeological Research Society lecture. Details on the website www.sudarchrs.org.uk or from the Honorary Secretary SARS@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

27-28 October
Conference Red Sea 3: Cultural Connections of the Red Sea
Stevenson lecture theatre, British Museum, WC1. BM / Society for Arabian Studies conference. Themes: maritime networks; sacred space; landscapes; ecological connections. Tickets £28/ £25 BMF & SAS, payable to ‘Society for Arabian Studies’, send to CB Lindner 16/4 Comiston Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 6AH. Further details 07775 726325, email s0453472@sms.ed.ac.uk. Website: www.dur.ac.uk/red.sea

Sat 18 Nov
Study Day The Assyrians: Ancient Splendour in Northern Iraq
Birkbeck College, Malet St WC1. Convenor Frances Reynolds. Further information and ticket details from Natalie Ping, tel: 020 7631 6627, Fax: 020 7631 6688, email: archaeology@fce.bbk.ac.uk