The Ancient Near East

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This seminar was created to coordinate the archaeological chronologies of the regions of the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean. It meets from six to eight times a year to discuss new research and hear reports of recent fieldwork. A number of relevant papers were published in the American Journal of Archaeology from 1968 until 1988, and in 1992 in the Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society. Since then, the focus of the seminar has been widened to include all aspects of the ancient cultures of the Near East and its adjoining regions.

Dr. Sally Dunham

Professor Allan S. Gilbert

Dr. Aslihan K. Yener

Erhan Tamur

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/14/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Ancient Kanesh: new developments in the study of chronology, demography, and social change
Professor Mogens Trolle Larsen, University of Copenhagen

10/17/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
New excavations at Ur
Elizabeth Stone, Stony Brook University

11/08/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Prestige or propaganda? Egyptian and Egyptianizing objects in the Late Bronze Age Near East and their implications for understanding New Kingdom foreign policy
Jana Mynářová, Charles University, Prague

11/27/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
The Armenian dragon-stones and the origins of monumental art in the prehistoric South Caucasus
Alessandra Gilibert, Università Ca'Foscari Venezia

03/22/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
The context of the Khayan sealings from Tell Edfu: chronological and historical implications for the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt (ca. 1650-1550 BCE)
Nadine Moeller, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

03/27/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Seals and sealings in Late Chalcolithic Arslantepe Levels VII-VIB:  shifting points of view
Holly Pittman, University of Pennsylvania