Reflections: ancient Near Eastern life as seen through seals and sealings, 17 Dec, SOAS, Khalili Lecture Theatre

Reflections: ancient Near Eastern life as seen through seals and sealings

17th December 2015

SOAS, Khalili lecture theatre 15.00

Spurred by an awakening of interest in the materiality of clay tablets, seals are attracting ever greater attention in the modern Assyriological research agenda. The divide that has often existed between the study of seals and that of tablets is closing. This event is designed to bring together colleagues active in research on the topic, share recent advances, and stimulate discussion of promising avenues for future research.

This event consists of two parts:

1) a scientific symposium starting at 2pm discussing recent progress in the study of seals and sealings from various perspectives. Confirmed speakers currently include:

  • Diana Stein (London) – Seals, Wine and the Divine: Reflections on the “Banquet Scene
  • Jon Taylor (London) – Kassite seal inscriptions: personal piety and playful cuneiform
  • Christina Tsouparopoulou (Durham) – A new look at burgul seals
  • Christopher Walker (London) – Late Babylonian seals – the end of a tradition
  • Mark Weeden (London) – A Hittite “winged goddess” with hieroglyphic inscription.

2) a public lecture at 6pm presenting an aspect of the topic to a wider audience:

Katrien de Graef (Ghent) – “Seals of the Family: a Family of Seals. The Use of Family and Personal Seals within the Ur-Utu Archive (Old Babylonian Sippar)”

After the public lecture there will be a small reception.

This event has been made possible thanks to generous support from the London Centre for the Ancient Near East.