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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

Texture and temporality - identifying routine in the Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement assemblage

Feb 25, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

PalMeso Seminar Series

Feb 25, 2019

Seminar Room, LCHES, Fitzwilliam Street

Field Archaeology: Methods and Mayhem

Feb 25, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Queer(y)ing the Past: An Afternoon of Alternative Archaeology - with wine!

Feb 26, 2019

Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit

Feb 26, 2019

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit, Seminar Room, Mond Building, Free School Lane

Computational & Digital Archaeology Laboratory Seminar Series

Feb 26, 2019

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Street

CLANS (Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar Series)

Feb 26, 2019

Room B16, David Williams Building, Faculty of Law

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research