Reflections: ancient Near Eastern life as seen through seals and sealings, 17 Dec, SOAS, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 15.00


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 3pm 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 burgulseals
  • 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.

21 Nov, 2015 Wilayah Workshop, SOAS L67, 13.00

Workshop 21.11

Workshop 21.11

An informal workshop on Tell Al-Wilayah and the watercourses of Eastern Iraq with confirmed participants: Mark Altaweel (UCL), Roger Matthews (Reading), Jaafar Jotheri (Durham), Abather Saadoon (Baghdad, BISI visiting research scholar at SOAS), and Mark Weeden (SOAS). Attendance is free, but please let Mark Weeden know if you intend to come so we have an idea of numbers:

The workshop is supported by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI).

LCANE Spring Seminar Series


Jan 20. Rocio DaRiva (18.15 SOAS G51)
Title: Never interrupt your scribe when he is making a mistake! The Neo-Babylonian inscriptions at Brisa (Lebanon)

Feb 3. Augusta McMahon (18.15 SOAS G51)
Title: A Feast for the Ears: Neo-Assyrian Acoustics and Sensory Archaeology

Feb 17. Mirko Novák (18.15 SOAS G51)
Title: People in Motion. Modi of Cultural Changes in Upper Mesopotamia during the Iron Age

Mar 3. Jon Taylor & Birger Helgestad (18.15 SOAS G51)
Title: Digitising Ur: new life for Woolley’s excavations at Ur

Mar 17. Marian Feldman (18.15 SOAS G51)
Title: The Reuse and Recycling of Iron Age Levantine Luxury Arts