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We offer a range of public lectures throughout the year
These events are a great way to keep in touch with recent archaeological discoveries, as well as the chance to meet like-minded people who are fascinated by archaeology.

2019 Lectures

NEAF Public lecture

Noble Neighbours: Life in Imperial Cities of the Neo-Assyrian Empire

Shana Zaia, University of Vienna
Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA),
Level 4 Madsen Building F09 University of Sydney

Wednesday 29 May 2019

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NEAF Seminar series


Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation  Saturday Seminar Series

Beyond the Edges of their World: European Travellers in the East

Europeans had travelled to the edges of Western Asia and North Africa from Antiquity, merchants, pilgrims and military. Some went further and explored previously uncharted territory. However, during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries a different group followed. These were adventurers, tourists and scientists. This group recorded their explorations and gathered collections during their travels then taking these collections back to Europe. These lectures will tell the stories of just some of them. They range from an archaeologist who dug naked, a Dutch heiress who led a team into the centre of Africa, an eccentric professor who went missing in the Sinai in 1882’ carrying a treasury of gold, a Transylvanian slave girl who spoke Dinka, the language of the central Nile, an eminent archaeologist who ventured into the interior of Arabia and an English aristocrat who lived out her life in the Ottoman Empire during which time she excavated at Ashkelon.

These were individuals who lived the richest of lives and in so doing added to the Europeans’ knowledge of other worlds, knowledge of their culture and their histories. Their stories add to our lives by showing just how much an individual can achieve in a lifetime, enduring extreme hardship, constantly risking death but persevering against all setbacks to achieve their aim.

The lectures will be held in CCANESA, University of Sydney.

Dates and tmes:
The lectures will start at 10 am with a coffee/tea break a 11.30, then the second lecture at 12 noon till 1.30pm, followed by drinks and a chat with the lecturer.

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April 2019

Hunters of Ustyurt

By Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies
The University of Sydney

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September 2018

Ross Burnes Lecture: Damascus 1918

August - September

Exploring theseven wonders of the ancient world

A NEAF Seminar Series

August 2018

Engineering Internationalism: UNESCO’s Victory in Nubia

By Dr Lynn Meskell

July 2018

The Archaeology of Lawrence in Arabia

by Stephen Bourke

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June 2018

Houses of Ghosts: Dolmen Tombs in Bronze Age Levant

Lecture and book launch by James Fraser

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April 2018

The Gunpowder Empires

A NEAF Seminar Series

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April 2018

The Sakdrisi Gold Mining Complex

A lecture by Thomas Stöllner

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March 2018

Afghan Daze: Hazy recollections of warlords, looting and the Ghurids

A lecture and book launch by David Thomas

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November 2017

Inaugural J. Basil Hennessy Lecture

by Stephen Bourke

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October 2017

Lustre: The Pearl Trade in Antiquity

by Deborah Hope

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September 2017

The Origins of Money: Silver Sources in the Ancient World

by Dr Gil Davis

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August 2017

Cargoes of Cloth: Textile trade in the ancient world

by Christina Sumner

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July 2017

Salt, Stone, Spice and Silk: Trade in the Ancient World

A NEAF Seminar Series

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May 2017

Lapis Lazuli: King of the Blues. The Stone that Rocked the World

by Dr Wendy Reade

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May 2017

From Cordoba to Kashgar: Islamic Cultures and the Wider World

A NEAF Seminar Series

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March 2017

The Archaeology of Western Asia today: Challenges, old and new

by Professor Barbara Helwing

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November 2016

Aleppo: A Lost City?

by Dr Ross Burns

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September 2016

The Nabataeans Beyond Petra: New Insights into Ancient Arabia from Jordan’s Desert Inscriptions and Rock Carvings

by Glenn J. Corbett

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August 2016

From Cordoba to Kashgar

A NEAF Seminar Series

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July 2016

Ice Age Villagers of the Levant: Sedentism and Social Connections in the Natufian Period

by Dr Phillip Edwards

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May 2016

Fire Temples and Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectural Legacies

by Prof Alison Betts

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April 2016

The Visible Dead: Dolmens and the landscape in Bronze Age Levant

by James Fraser

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March 2016

The Foundations of Western Civilisations

The First Millennium CE.

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March 2016

NEAF 2016 AGM: Shangri-La Beneath a Summer Moon

A film by the Kashmir Prehistory Project.

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