Nominations are now invited for four awards that NEAF will present next year:
1. NEAF Archaeological Publication Award - Hoskings Medal: Given to the editor or author of a substantial archaeological monograph detailing the results of original research.
2. NEAF Young Archaeologist Award - Eames Medal: For archaeologists aged 35 and younger reporting on excavations and/or aspects of the material culture of the ancient Near East.
3. NEAF Lifetime Achievement Award - Hennessy Medal: Honouring an archaeologist who, over the course of a long career, has made an outstanding contribution to ancient Near Eastern archaeology.
4. NEAF Service Award - Southwell-Keely Medal: Recognizes an individual who has made a significant long-term contribution to NEAF.
Over the last twenty-six years NEAF, in conjunction with the Pella Excavation Project, have provided members of the general public with an opportunity to work on the University of Sydney’s excavations at Pella in Jordan. People of all ages and backgrounds have been able to experience the unique atmosphere of working on an archaeological dig. Planning for the January-February 2019 excavation season is underway when we plan to further investigate the Bronze Age temple precincts (ca. 4500-800 BCE) on the main mound and other promising areas on Tell Husn. Finds from previous excavation seasons include uniquely important ceramic cult stands, and numerous gold, lapis, bronze, glass and ceramic cultic items.
NEAF Tours have been running for over 20 years. In recent years they have been run in conjunction with the Sydney based travel companies: Academy Travel and Alumni Travel. NEAF tour destinations have included Jordan, Syria, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mali, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China. In 2017 we have tours planned visiting Iran and China: wonderful destinations where a fascinating array of archaeological sites can be found.