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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.

2020 Lectures

Pyramid of Menkaure, Giza

Pyramid of Menkaure, Giza


Dr Karin Sowada | Macquarie University


New science on archaeological remains from the pyramid workers’ settlement, and the Pyramids themselves, continues to reveal surprising new information about Egypt’s most famous monuments. By harnessing cosmic rays, a new chamber was discovered in the Great Pyramid of Khufu (c. 2560 BCE). Scientific analysis on the humblest of artefacts – fragments of ancient pottery – exposed the far distant reach of Egypt’s international relations under the great kings of the era. This lecture explores several exciting new stories from the Giza plateau, and the role of science and archaeology in moving debate about the site beyond mere speculation.

Dr Karin Sowada obtained a PhD in Egyptian archaeology at the University of Sydney in 2002 and is now an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. Her project, Pyramids, Power and the Dynamics of State in Crisis, examines the role and impact of Egypt as a state actor in the eastern Mediterranean during the Pyramid Age (c. 2686-2181 BCE).


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NEAF Seminar series


Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation  Saturday Seminar Series

Ancient Syria

10:00 am-12:00 noon

  • 27 June 2020
    Dr Stephen Bourke
  • 04 July 2020
    Dr John Tidmarsh
  • 11 July 2020
    Dr Kate da Costa
  • 18 July 2020
    Dr Ross Burns

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

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

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

Exploring theseven wonders of the ancient world

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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