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Ancient Near East Seminars

The Ancient Near East Seminar Series is the weekly term-time event for those interested in the Ancient Near East.

With visiting speakers coming from universities, museums and other institutions from around the world, it is hoped that these evenings will  offer a focus for the wide range of Assyriological and Ancient Near Eastern archaeological projects across the University, build links with other research centres, and offer a chance for all to see the incredible work that is being carried out in this vast and hugely important field of research.

Evening lectures take place on Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm, and will be followed by a short reception for our guest speakers and those in attendance.

Ancient Near East Seminars Oct 23, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Nicla De Zorzi (Vienna) - How to identify serial adultery through animal behaviour: on analogistic thought in Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Near East Seminars Oct 30, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street,
Elizabeth Bennett (London) - What’s in a name for a Babylonian scholar?
Ancient Near East Seminars Nov 13, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Walter Sommerfeld (Marburg) - The myth of the cultural symbiosis between the Sumerians and the Akkadians
Ancient Near East Seminars Nov 29, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street,
Christoph Schmidhuber (Cambridge/Heidelberg) - From childhood to 'childhood': on children in Old Babylonian society
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Jan 22, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Silvia Ferreri (University of Cambridge) - Tombs, ancestors and women: The case of Umm El Marra (Syria)
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Feb 05, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Kevin Kay (University of Cambridge) - Who does a house hold? Social structure, house biography and the question of history at Neolithic Çatalhöyük
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Feb 19, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Nèle Ziegler (CNRS) - A sick boy in Aleppo
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Mar 05, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Selena Wisnom (University of Cambridge) - The uses of Mesopotamian literature

Upcoming events

Other Events

Apr 23, 2019

Needham Research Institute, Sylvester Road

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit

Apr 23, 2019

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

Heritage Research Group

Apr 25, 2019

The McDonald Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminars

Apr 25, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Asian Archaeology Seminar Series

Apr 29, 2019

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street

Cambridge Archaeological Field Group

May 01, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit

May 07, 2019

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research