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Lectures and seminars

We offer a range of public lectures throughout the year
These events are a great way to keep in touch with recent archaeological discoveries, as well as the chance to meet like-minded people who are fascinated by archaeology.

NEAF Lectures and seminars

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NEAF Evening Seminar Series

Saturday 22 June, 2022

Prof. Claudia Glatz

University of Glasgow | Department of Archaeology

Rethinking the Archaeology of Empire in Late Bronze Age Anatolia and Beyond

The past two years have served as a stark reminder of how colonial and imperial pasts reach into our presents and shape our social conditions; conditions that are increasingly neo-imperial and neo-nationalist in character. Both discourses appropriate ancient empires and associated concepts of civilisation, and selectively distil their materialities and complicated histories into simplified, binary stories about belonging and difference. This makes the study of ancient empires, such as the Hittite, anything but a neutral academic exercise and now is the time to revaluate the scholarly perspectives we take and the questions we ask of varyingly distant imperial pasts. Both the Hittite textual and archaeological records are skewed towards Hittite state institutions and elites, their ambitions, concerns, and practices of governance. However, even these seemingly state-centric datasets can be looked at from a range of different perspectives and provide us with information on the experiences of subaltern, rural, and societies otherwise opposed to the Hittite state apparatus. In this talk, I want to take stock of extant data sets and ongoing research that attempts to de-centre the archaeology of empire in Late Bronze Age Anatolia, and to point at avenues for future work that will support this agenda

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Cosmic to microscopic: Hidden spaces and new evidence from the pyramid field at Giza
Dr Karin Sowada | Macquarie University

May 2020
Cleopatra’s Island: Evidence of Hellenistic Cyprus from Nea Paphos and beyond
Dr Craig Barker | The University of Sydney

April 2020
The Legacy of the Cape Gelidonya Wreck and Bronze Age Maritime Trade in the Mediterranean
Dr Joseph Lehner | The University of Sydney

December 2019
Ghostbusting in Mesopotamia
Professor Irving Finkel | British Museum

October 2019
The Highs and Lows of Life in Roman Mesopotamia
Peter Edwell, Macquarie University

August 2019
Darband-i Rania: Gateway to the Zagros
By Dr Amanda Dusting, University of New England

June 2019
Beneath the Wings of the Thunderbird: Excavating Tello in Southern Iraq
By Dr Jamie Fraser, Nicholson Museum

May 2019
Noble Neighbours: Life in Imperial Cities of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
By Shana Zaia, University of Vienna

April 2019
Hunters of Ustyurt
By Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies, The University of Sydney

September 2018

Ross Burnes Lecture: Damascus 1918

August - September

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A NEAF Seminar Series

August 2018

Engineering Internationalism: UNESCO’s Victory in Nubia

By Dr Lynn Meskell

July 2018

The Archaeology of Lawrence in Arabia

by Stephen Bourke

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June 2018

Houses of Ghosts: Dolmen Tombs in Bronze Age Levant

Lecture and book launch by James Fraser

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April 2018

The Gunpowder Empires

A NEAF Seminar Series

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April 2018

The Sakdrisi Gold Mining Complex

A lecture by Thomas Stöllner

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March 2018

Afghan Daze: Hazy recollections of warlords, looting and the Ghurids

A lecture and book launch by David Thomas

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November 2017

Inaugural J. Basil Hennessy Lecture

by Stephen Bourke

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October 2017

Lustre: The Pearl Trade in Antiquity

by Deborah Hope

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September 2017

The Origins of Money: Silver Sources in the Ancient World

by Dr Gil Davis

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August 2017

Cargoes of Cloth: Textile trade in the ancient world

by Christina Sumner

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July 2017

Salt, Stone, Spice and Silk: Trade in the Ancient World

A NEAF Seminar Series

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May 2017

Lapis Lazuli: King of the Blues. The Stone that Rocked the World

by Dr Wendy Reade

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May 2017

From Cordoba to Kashgar: Islamic Cultures and the Wider World

A NEAF Seminar Series

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March 2017

The Archaeology of Western Asia today: Challenges, old and new

by Professor Barbara Helwing

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November 2016

Aleppo: A Lost City?

by Dr Ross Burns

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September 2016

The Nabataeans Beyond Petra: New Insights into Ancient Arabia from Jordan’s Desert Inscriptions and Rock Carvings

by Glenn J. Corbett

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August 2016

From Cordoba to Kashgar

A NEAF Seminar Series

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July 2016

Ice Age Villagers of the Levant: Sedentism and Social Connections in the Natufian Period

by Dr Phillip Edwards

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May 2016

Fire Temples and Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectural Legacies

by Prof Alison Betts

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April 2016

The Visible Dead: Dolmens and the landscape in Bronze Age Levant

by James Fraser

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March 2016

The Foundations of Western Civilisations

The First Millennium CE.

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March 2016

NEAF 2016 AGM: Shangri-La Beneath a Summer Moon

A film by the Kashmir Prehistory Project.

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