27-29 March 2018: BANEA 2018, Durham

27-29 March      BANEA 2018 Conference for the Ancient Near East
University of Durham. 
Keynote speakers:
Tues 27 March    Prof. Adam Smith The peoples in the hills: Kurgans, Cromlechs, and the architecture of afterlives in the Bronze Age Caucasus
Weds 28 March   Prof. Marta Luciani The desert and the seas: key issues in the archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula
Call for papers coming soon on the conference website banea2018.com, or on banealcane.org or facebook
Further information dan.lawrence@durham.ac.uk

John Curtis: Austen Henry Layard and his artists (April 30, 2018, 6pm – LCANE AGM)

Annual General Meeting of the London Centre for the Ancient Near East. The Annual General Meeting will take place at 6pm and then at 6.15pm Dr John Curtis, formerly of the British Museum, will give a lecture entitled:

Austen Henry Layard  and his artists

All welcome. There will be refreshments after the talk.

April 30th, 6pm,  SOAS, Brunei Building, B104.

Martin Worthington: Sargon’s name and the circumference of Khorsabad: a suggested solution, Jan. 25 (2018), 7pm, SOAS, G2

Martin Worthington of the University of Cambridge (currently on Research Leave in New York) will give a lecture entitled

Sargon’s name and the circumference of Khorsabad: a suggested solution

Jan 25th, Djam Lecture Theatre (Room G2), SOAS College Building ground floor, Russell Sq WC1. London Centre for the Ancient Near East Occasional Lecture, all welcome.

3-4 July, ‘Divine Narratives in Ancient Greece and the Near East’ (Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford)

This conference will bring together Classicists and Assyriologists from Britain, Europe and America in order to foster informed interdisciplinarity in one of the most important and vibrant current debates in ancient scholarship: the interaction between the civilisations of the Near East and Archaic Greece. Though it is now well-established that early Greek literature was to some extent inspired by ancient Near Eastern models, the mechanisms and effects of cultural influence are still hotly debated. This conference hopes to promote a dynamic interface between the two fields, which are still too separate in their activities, and so prone to using isolated or out of date methods in their individual approaches to this common question. The conference is organised by Johannes Haubold (Durham), Adrian Kelly (Oxford) and Christopher Metcalf (Oxford), and supported by the Craven Committee (Faculty of Classics, Oxford), the Classics Faculty Board (Oxford), the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute, the Jowett Trust (Balliol College) and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East. Confirmed speakers: Mary Bachvarova (Willamette), Bernardo Ballesteros-Petrella (Oxford), Angus Bowie (Oxford), Yoram Cohen (Tel Aviv), Bruno Currie (Oxford), Andrew George (SOAS, London), Andre Lardinois (Nijmegen), Robert Rollinger (Innsbruck), Ian Rutherford (Reading), Frances Reynolds (Oxford), Ruth Scodel (Michigan), Mark Weeden (SOAS, London). Attendance is £20, to help with the cost of lunch and tea / coffee, but free to members of Oxford University. If you wish to attend, please register by emailing Adrian Kelly (adrian.kelly@balliol.ox.ac.uk) or Chris Metcalf (christopher.metcalf@queens.ox.ac.uk). The London Centre for the Ancient Near East (LCANE) is offering a limited number of travel grants to research students at UK institutions wishing to attend the conference: interested students should apply directly to LCANE by sending a CV, a brief cover letter and details of travel costs to the chairman, Dr Mark Weeden (mw41@soas.ac.uk). Grants will be paid out after the conference is finished on receipt of a short report and evidence for payment of travel costs.The deadline for LCANE grant applications is 30 April 2017.

March 4, 2017- Egypt and Mesopotamia 6th form conference

The London Centre for the Ancient Near East is happy to support the second annual conference for 6th formers thinking of taking Egyptology or Ancient Near Eastern Studies at University on March 4th at the Royal Asiatic Society in London, which is organised by Martin Worthington (Cambridge). For details see:


Feb 6 2017-James Fraser on Kubaba

James Fraser from the British Museum reports on the discovery of the head of the Kubaba statue within the framework of the recent Turco-Italian excavations at Karkemish, which fits onto a statue found in the British Museum excavations at the same site 1878-81 (see also talk by Hasan Peker from last year) and a project aimed at digitally re-constructing the statue with its head.