Keynote lectures

Saturday 1st December: The Drunken Gods: Sources and Approaches to the Mythology of Ancient Mesopotamia by Professor Andrew George from SOAS-University of London

Sunday 2nd December: Sun, Sand and Sumer: an Abu Salabikh Retrospective by Professor Nicholas Postgate from the University of Cambridge

Conference programme


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Saturday 1st December

09:00 – 09:30 Registration & Breakfast
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome & Introduction
09:45 – 11:25 Session 1: Material Culture and Society
09:45 Marrying Artefacts and Texts in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology

Annelies Van de Ven, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

10:05 Crafts and Work in the Mari Archives: of Mothers, Tavern Patrons and Prisoners of War

Christoph Schmidhuber, University of Cambridge/Universität Heidelberg (UK/Germany)

10:25 Three Papyrus Opisthographs and Scribal Practices in the Ancient Mediterranean

Ayhan Aksu, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands)

10:45 Beyond Meaning: Employing an Artefact Approach to Study Figurines as Functional Items

Monique Arntz, University of Cambridge (UK)

11:05 The Silence of the Nomads: Rock Art and the Written Word in the ḥarrah

Josef Bloomfield, University of Oxford (UK)

11:15 Discussion
11:25 – 11:45 Coffee/Tea Break (provided)
11:45 – 12:45 Keynote Lecture: Professor Andrew George, SOAS-University of London

The Drunken Gods: Sources and Approaches to the Mythology of Ancient Mesopotamia

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch (provided)
13:30 – 15:10 Session 2: Sacred and Profane
13:30 A Lexicon of Love? Appraising the Incantations on Isin Tablet IB 1554

David Wilson, SOAS-University of London (UK)

13:50 Rhetoric and Poetic Language in an Ur III Incantation

Kerrie Myers, University of Birmingham (UK)

14:10 The Concept of “Wisdom” in ludlul bēl nēmeqi and Babylonian Theodicity

Michela Piccin, Northeast Normal University (China)

14:30 Some Reflections on the Organisation of the Hittite Cult Calendar

Francesco G. Barsacchi, Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

14:50 Sacred Precincts during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic of the Near East?

Mattia Cartolano, University of Liverpool (UK)

15:00 Discussion
15:10 – 15:40 Coffee/Tea Break (provided) and Poster Session (see Programme on Page 3)
15:40 – 16:40 Session 3: Movement and Communication
15:40 The Ubaid-phenomenon: From the Straits of Hormuz to the Mediterranean

Eleanor Preston, University College London/UCL Qatar (UK/Qatar)

16:00 Female Agency and Long-distance Trade During the Old Assyrian kārum Period

Joshua Britton, University College London (UK)

16:20 A Local or Foreign Goddess on a Pendant from Tel Miqne-Ekron?

Taylor Gray, University of St Andrews (UK)

16:30 Discussion
from 17:00 Conference Drinks The Plough, 27 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH

Sunday 2nd December

09:30 – 11:10 Session 4: Environment and Subsistence
09:30 Revisiting Revolutions and Resource Use: A longue durée Perspective on Human-Animal Interaction in the Late Prehistory of Iraq

Elizabeth Farebrother, University College London (UK)

09:50 Rural Areas… Frontiers… Border zones… Oh My: A New Theory of the Periphery in Northern Iraqi Kurdistan

Kyra Kaercher, University of Cambridge (UK)

10:10 Neolithic Kashmir and its Central Asian Linkages – New Findings

Mumtaz Yatoo, University of Kashmir (India)

10:30 Constructing Universal Rebellion: Geography and Narrative in Ashurbanipal Prism A

Ben Dewar, University of Birmingham (UK)

10:50 Pools and Fountains, Wealth and Style: The Luxurious Private Water Features of Roman Israel

Noy Shemesh, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

11:00 Discussion
11:10 – 11:30 Coffee/Tea Break (provided)
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote Lecture: Professor Nicholas Postgate, University of Cambridge

Sun, Sand and Sumer: an Abu Salabikh Retrospective

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (provided)
13:30 – 14:50 Session 5: Private and Public Life
13:30 Political Metaphors in the Hittite International Treaties

Marta Pallavidini, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

13:50 Providing Context to Assyrian Death: Utilizing the Incomplete Legacy Data of Tell Billa

Petra M. Creamer, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

14:10 Religious Politics in Cyrus II’s Babylonian Campaign

Mateen Arghandehpour, University College London (UK)

14:20 An Audience with the Achaemenid King – Experiencing Royal Space in the Ancient World

Jack Davies, Swansea University (UK)

14:30 Village Temples, City Temples and Other Temples: Zoroastrian Fire Temples and Settlements in Sasanian Iran

Aleksander Engeskaug, SOAS-University of London (UK)

14:40 Discussion
14:50 – 15:10 Coffee/Tea Break (provided)
15:10 – 16:30 Session 6: Identity and Otherness
15:10 The Natural and Cultural Environment in Iranian Late Antiquity: an Anthropological Approach to Animals in Sasanian Seals (224-651)

Delphine Poinsot, École Pratique des Hautes Études (France)

15:30 Writing and Social Diversity in Late Bronze Age Ugarit

Philip Boyes, University of Cambridge (UK)

15:50 Almost Related: Fictive Kinship in Ancient Sumer

Andrea Rebecca Marrocchi Savoi, Università La Sapienza (Italy)

16:00 When Ashurnasirpal met the Man from Sheba. New Gleanings on the 9th century Assyrian Conquest of the Middle Euphrates

Alexander Johannes Edmonds, University of Tübingen (Germany)

16:10 Representations of the Other in Apocalyptic Literature – Preliminary Ideas Based on the 11th Chapter of the Book of Daniel and Mesopotamian Sources

Kaisa Vaittinen, University of Helsinki/University of Turku (Finland)

16:20 Discussion
  Closing Remarks
from 17:00 Conference Drinks The Plough, 27 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH

Poster Session: Saturday 1st December 15:10 – 15:40


·         The Ebla Archives: Calculating Grain Production and Consumption

Daniele Borkowski, Durham University (UK)

·         How to Produce a Mesopotamian Amulet – The significance of ritual practices, script, imagery and material for the amulet production in the 2nd-1st mill. BC in Mesopotamia

Eva Götting, German Archaeological Institute (Germany)

·         A Uniform Model at the Beginning of the Iron Age in Syro-Anatolia: a New Lecture from Zincirli and Carchemish’s City Gates?

Anne-Laure Lardière, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)

·         Cattle Away from Home: The Kura Araxes at 3rd millennium BC Tel Bet Yerah

Gwendoline Maurer, University College London (UK)

·         The Hittite Voice. An Idea for the Extension of the Human Voice’s image

Laura Muncaciu, Accademia del Teatro/Music Research Center (Italy)

·         The Archaeofaunal Remains of Boncuklu Hoyuk, Turkey

Özlem Saritas, University of Liverpool (UK)

·         Looking for Accuracy: Neo-Assyrian Horses through the Prism of Reality

Margaux Spruyt, Université Paris-Sorbonne/Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle de Paris (France)

Entry to the current temporary exhibition I am Ashurbanipal is open both days 10:00 to 17:30. Last entry 80 minutes before closing.Registration is open on both days 9:00 to 16:00.

Free entry to the exhibition is included with a London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East ticket.

Museum galleries are open both days 10:00 to 17:30. Closing starts from 17:20. The Great Court, including the Information Desk, is open both days 09:00 to 18:00.

The event takes place at the British Museum, in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre located in the Clore Education Centre.

The venue is accessible via the main entrance of the British Museum on Great Russell Street. Once inside, proceed straight on to the Great Court, then turn left and go down the stairs. Wheelchair access is available.

Please be aware that for everyone’s safety all bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items may be searched before entry.

A cloakroom facility will be available to store small items such as bags and coats. Please note that the cloakroom cannot accept wheeled cases and large items of luggage, as these are not allowed on British Museum premises. Storage for luggage is available at major rail stations, including Euston, King’s Cross and Charing Cross.