BANEA Annual Conference 2019

The University of Liverpool is proud to host the Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology from 22-24 February 2019.

Online registration has now closed. If you still want to register for the conference, click here.

Banea 19 will take place in The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool which is located on Brownlow Street, L69 3GL. Building 359, (Grid Ref C,10) on the University Campus Map.

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Mind the Gap

Research into the ancient Near East (we include Egypt within our conference remit) has a rich history. However, the term ‘ancient Near East’, and the research therein, appear often to lack coherence. Boundaries between periods, areas, and sub-disciplines retain a disproportionate focus in scholarly research, thus inhibiting a comprehensive understanding of ancient Near Eastern societies. Some periods remain poorly studied, with the transitional periods between them lacking adequate research.

Similarly, a clear understanding of the area known as the Near East is complicated by questions surrounding its geographic boundaries. Whilst the region has existed throughout time within a wider network of connectivity, it is often discussed as if isolated from its neighbouring regions.

In addition, 20th-century borders are frequently projected onto the past, effectively segregating regions which were deeply connected. Partitioning is also observed between the various sub-disciplines of Near Eastern studies, which include textual, biological, material, and digital studies. Integrating older data sets with newer evidence and new methodologies also remains a challenge.

Bridging these gaps within the research of the ancient Near East remains a major challenge we invite researchers to address at BANEA 2019 in this Call for Papers and sessions.

View the BANEA19 programme.

Sessions include:

  • Mind the Gap
  • Archaeology of Food in the Ancient Near East
  • Archaeology of Religion, Rituals and Temples
  • Fieldwork and New Research
  • Heritage in the Middle East – Moving Beyond Destruction
  • Manufacturing processes and cognitive underpinnings
  • Morphology, Infrastructure and Relational Space in Settlements
  • Sedentism – Mind the Gap
  • The Dead and the Living: Integrating the Evidence

Other programme events include:

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