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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 Seminar Series Oct 18, 2016 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Magnus Widell, (University of Liverpool) - New light on Ur III
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Oct 26, 2016 from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM West Building Seminar Room, Division Room, Downing Street,
Enrique Jiménez, (Yale University) - 'Palm and Vine' - A new Babylonian disputation poem
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Nov 01, 2016 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Stuart Campbell, (The University of Manchester) - Rural and urban centres on the edges of the marshlands of southern Iraq: Tell Khaiber and Charax Spasinou
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Nov 21, 2016 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Strahil Panayotov, (Free University of Berlin) - Mesopotamian eye disease texts
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Nov 29, 2016 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Christoph Dalley, (University of Oxford) - Fifty years a spouse: A sideways look at Assyriology
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Jan 24, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Mark Weeden, (SOAS, University of London) - Provincial Identities: The use of Anatolian Hieroglyphic writing at Kaman-Kalehöyük
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Feb 07, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
John MacGinnis, (The British Museum) - The ancient history of Erbil
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Feb 21, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Sara Pizzimenti, (La Sapienza University, Rome) - Stars and Heaven Perception in the Near East: Astral Representations in the II Millennium BC Cylinder Seals and Monumental Art
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Feb 22, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM West Building Seminar Room, Division Room, Downing Street,
Sabina Franke, (Universität Hamburg) - Sargon's 8th campaign to Urartu and the Temple in Muṣaṣir
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Mar 16, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Jacob Dahl, (University of Oxford) - The Odd and the Ordinary: Making canon out of Nothing or the peculiar history of a few Mesopotamian objects and a few odd comments about Sumerian literature
Ancient Near East Seminar Series May 02, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Tim Clayden, (University of Oxford) - The Late Babylonian to Early Kassite Period: Issues
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Jun 02, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Tzvi Abusch, (Brandeis University) - Some synchronic and diachronic observations on a Babylonian prayer type
Ancient Near East Oct 24, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Vitali Bartash, (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) - Children and the Early State: A Complex Socioeconomic Interplay in Mesopotamia
Ancient Near East Oct 25, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Reading Group led by Vitali Bartash (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) - Sumerian crime stories
Ancient Near East Nov 07, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Stef Conner, (University of Huddersfield) - "No, this is the Oldest Song in the World!" Have rival attempts to decipher Mesopotamian music notation reached a permanent stalemate?
Ancient Near East Nov 21, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Bleda During, (Universiteit Leiden) - Chalcolithic Cyprus: An Island in Splendid Isolation?
Ancient Near East Nov 28, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
John Ray, (University of Cambridge) - Assyriology through Egyptological Spectacles
Ancient Near East Seminars Feb 06, 2018 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM McDonald Institute, Downing Street,
Yağmur Heffron, (UCL) - The kārum period in Amatolia: Towards a historiography of archaeological interpretation - II
Ancient Near East Seminars Feb 13, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Stree,
Eva Miller, (University of Birmingham) - Parallels and references in Ashurbanipal's Teumann-Dunanu sequences

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