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.

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.

Key Note, Friday 22 February Professor Ian Hodder; ‘25 years of excavation and research at Çatalhöyük’

Also Friday 22 Feb: UK Punic Network Graduate Workshop

Proposed sessions/workshops to date:

  • Archaeology of food in the Ancient Near East
  • Archaeology of religion, rituals and temples
  • Archaeological traditions, borders and gaps
  • Domestic/settlement archaeology
  • Epipalaeolithic Near East
  • Heritage in the Middle East: Moving Beyond Destruction
  • Historiographies of Ionia and Beyond
  • Morphology, Infrastructure and Relational Space in Iron Age Settlements
  • The dead and the living: integrating the evidence
  • The origins of sedentism
  • What makes people move? Settlement dynamics in the Iron Age

Other events:

  • Screening and panel discussion of documentaries relating to destruction of cultural heritage in the Near East
  • Sumerian beer tasting

Please submit paper, poster or session abstracts/proposals to by 14 January 2019 (extended from 5 December 2018).

Apply for a student grant to attend BANEA19.

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