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May, 2012

Archaeology and the Bible in Jordan: Sanctuary of Lot

Dr Konstantinos Polit
Part of the NEAF 2012 Public Lecture Series

Tuesday 15 May 2012
6:30-7:30pm
Women’s College
University of Sydney
Bookings are essential for this event.

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April, 2012

Did God have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel

Professor William Dever
Part of the NEAF 2012 Public Lecture Series

Tuesday 24th April 2012
6:30-7:30pm
Women’s College
University of Sydney
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Did God have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel

Professor William Dever
Part of the NEAF 2012 Public Lecture Series

Tuesday 24th April 2012
6:30-7:30pm
Women’s College
University of Sydney
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March, 2012

Annual General Meeting, the Council of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation (NEAF)

The Council of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation will be holding their Annual General Meeting on
Friday 16 March, 2012
6:30 pm

Followed by a lecture,
Archaeology and Heritage in the Persian Gulf: Past and Present Asymmetries
presented by Professor Daniel Potts

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February, 2012

That was then: this is now — Contemporary Archaeology in Australia

Februrary 16-17 2012
9:30am – 4.30pm
Latin 1 S224
Quadrangle A14
University of Sydney 2006

Please note change of venue

This two-day workshop explores the role of contemporary archaeology and the state of research in Australia. It is aimed at exploring the methods, theories and subjects currently informing this nascent field of study.

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December, 2011

ARC success

Congratulations to colleagues for their successful ARC Discovery Project grants.

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November, 2011

NEAF celebrates 25 years

25 November, 2011
7.30pm – Pre-dinner drinks from 7pm.
Women’s College, the University of Sydney

The Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation will be Celebrating 25 years with a talk given by NEAF president, Dr John Tidmarsh, who will give a short review of the history of NEAF at the University of Sydney.

The Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation at the University of Sydney facilitates research in the archaeology of the Near East, Egypt and Cyprus, and brings the world of Near Eastern archaeology to the general public.

NEAF activites include public lectures and seminars, archaeological study tours, publications, and sponsorship of the archaeological expedition to Pella in Jordan. NEAF also provides annual research grants to students in Australia and New Zealand.

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2011 Maritime Research Symposium

Friday 11 November, 2011
9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Kevin Lee Room
Quadrangle Building
The University of Sydney

Co-convenors: Prof Iain McCalman and Dr. Cindy McCreery (Department of History)

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September, 2011

Department of Archaeology Public Lecture

Prof. Amihai Mazar
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Anthony McNicoll Visiting Lectureship, 2011

7pm, Wednesday 14 September, 2011
Footbridge Theatre, G2
University of Sydney

This event is free. No RSVP necessary

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July, 2011

Death of Drama or Birth of an Industry? The Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century BC: A Conference

Conference 19-20 July, 2011
The conference will be hosted by CCANESA — The Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia at the University of Sydney

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Archaeology in the News: Emeritus Professor Richard Wright receives Order of Australia and Department gets $1.6m bequest

Emeritus Professor Richard Wright, former member of the Department of Archaeology, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia, and the Department of Archaeology receives $6.9 million dollar bequest from former student and collector Tom Austen Brown

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March, 2011

SOPHI students top in Australasian Society for Classical Studies prizes

The Department of Classics and Ancient History, the Department of Archaeology and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry warmly congratulate their students, who have won all three of the undergraduate prizes awarded by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, and announced at its annual meeting in January 2011. First prize winners were:

Essay competition prize: Harrison Jones, on “Oikist cults at Cyrene, Delos and Eretria”
Greek translation prize: Paul Touyz
Latin translation prize: Nicholas Olson

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Humanities Salon — Past Futures: Angkor and the debate on sustainable low-density urbanism

22 March 2011
Professor Roland Fletcher, Department of Archaeology and Christophe Pottier, Ecole Française d’Extrème Orient

Societies of every known socio-economic system and magnitude have used low density settlements patterns from dispersed hunter-gatherer camps to the industrial megalopolis. Between the late 1st millennium BCE and the mid 2nd millennium CE three regions in the tropics in Mesoamerica, South Asia and South-East Asia produced vast, agrarian-based, low-density urban settlements. The largest, situated in modern Cambodia, was Angkor. Click here for more information

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Archaeology and Heritage’ Seminar Programm\

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Archaeology Seminar Series

Surface assemblages: Towards an archaeology in and of the present
Speaker: Rodney Harrison
Friday 11 March, 2011
Main Quadrangle Philosophy Room S249

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December, 2010

NEAF AGM and Lecture: Travels in Mongolia with Alison Betts

NEAF (the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation) is holding its Annual General Meeting and end of year celebration. The AGM will be followed by the lecture Travels in Mongolia, by Assoc Prof Alison Betts.

When: Wednesday 1 December, 2010
Where: Women’s College, University of Sydney
Time: 8-9pm (approx)
Cost: $35 per person

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November, 2010

Archaeology success in latest round of ARC funding

Congratulations to staff in the Department of Archaeology who have received significant ARC funding for the project From Paddy to Pura: the origins of Angkor

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NEAF Lecture: Temple, Town and Tombs

Dr Stephen Bourke
The University of Sydney’s NEAF-sponsored excavations at Pella in Jordan have been in the field for 30 years. This lecture will highlight some of the more memorable discoveries spanning the last 10000 years of settled life at Pella.

Wednesday 3 November 2010
6.30-8.30 pm
General Lecture Theatre 1 Main Quad

Price: $20 Non Members, Members $15 and Student members $5
All welcome

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October, 2010

Humanites Salon on Angkor cancelled

Please note that due to illness, the Humanities Salon on Angkor scheduled for Thursday 21 October has been cancelled. We hope to re-schedule the event for next year's program. Details of the 2011 program will be published at a later date.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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August, 2010

NEAF -- A Double Lecture Notice

Wednesday 18th August 2010
The Dromedary Camel and Shifts in the Geopolitics of the Iron Age Middle East
Associate Professor Peter Magee

Tuesday 24th August 2010
Current Cypriot Archaeology
Dr Thomas Davis

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New book for Javier Álvarez-Món, Department of Archaeology

Dr Javier Álvarez-Món, Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Archaeology Department, has just published a new book entitled The Arjan Tomb: At the Crossroads of the Elamite and the Persian Empires, a study based on archaeological evidence from the Arjan tomb, an undisturbed elite burial site near the town of Behbahan in south-western Iran.

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July, 2010

2nd William Ritchie Memorial Lecture to be given by John Marincola

Marathon and the Persian Wars in the Greek Imagination
John Marincola, Florida State University, Tallahassee

29 July 2010 at 5:00 pm
General Lecture Theatre 1
Reception afterwards in the Nicholson Museum

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The Mosaics of Zeugma on the Euphrates: Visual Culture on the Roman Frontier

The Near Eastern Archeology Foundation Public Lecture Series

Tuesday 20 July 2010: 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Menzies Room, Women’s College, University of Sydney

The Mosaics of ZeugmaIn the summer of 2000, as the city of Zeugma was about to be partially submerged under the waters of the new Turkish dam across the upper Euphrates, archaeologists from various nations worked hard to reveal all that they could about the areas of the city that were fated to disappear. The most spectacular of the finds, and certainly those which attracted the greatest media attention, were the magnificent mosaics which adorned the houses of the city’s elite, mosaics often of very high quality, and decorated with a wide range of figured scenes. This talk aims to look at those mosaics in their context, to replace them where possible in their original architectural settings, and to use them as evidence for the wider culture of the individuals who commissioned, made, and looked at them. Zeugma was a frontier city, Greek in origin, but undoubtedly of very mixed population; yet the mosaics reveal a cultural atmosphere that seems remarkably homogeneous, clearly deliberately cultivated by their proprietors as an assertion of identity.

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June, 2010

Humanities Salon: Digging up Sydney

6pm, Thursday 17 June, 2010, New Sydney Law Building Foyer

A conversation between the disciplines of History and Archaeology on ways of researching Sydney’s past

Beneath the streetscapes and parklands of Sydney lie the fragments and material traces of both the Indigenous and Colonial/Settler past. All of us probably consider the history of Sydney to be familiar and well-documented, yet archaeological research across the Sydney Basin constantly brings to the surface surprising discoveries that challenge and contest the existing historical narratives about our city. In this Salon four archaeologists will present aspects of their research that challenge the received histories of the city in a conversation with pre-eminent Sydney historian Dr Grace Karskens.

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