Archaeology Reading Group 2015

Theatre of Herodes Atticus
Theatre of Herodes Atticus,
Athens (Photograph: Andrew Stephenson)

30 April

Venue: Graduate Seminar Room a (Room 210), 1st floor, Old Arts

Time: 6:00

Chair: Giorgi  Bedianashvili (Georgian National Museum)

Are Changes in the Global Economy Connected to Changes in the Global Power Balance?

The discussion will focus on the transitional  period from the Late Bronze Age to Iron Age in the Caucasus, Near East and  Mediterranean regions. We will consider how the introduction of iron changed  existing rules, causing the collapse and fragmentation of societies monopolizing the main elements for bronze production.


Mikheil Abramishvili, in press ‘Tin and oil. Can  we foresee the future through remote past?’ 4th Eurasian Archaeology Conference opening lecture. Forthcoming in A. Smith, K. O’Neil Weber and E. Hite (eds), Fitful  Histories and Unruly Publics.

Additional reading:

Susan Sherratt 2003: ‘The Mediterranean economy:  “Globalization” at the end of the second millennium B.C.E.’, in W. G. Dever and  S. Gitin (eds), Symbiosis, Symbolism, and the Power of the Past: Canaan,  Ancient Israel, and their Neighbors from the Late Bronze Age through Roman  Palaestina, 37-62. Eisenbrauns: Indiana.

28 May

Venue: Graduate Seminar Room a (Room 210), 1st  floor, Old Arts

Time: 6:00

Chair: Jarrad Paul

Looking from the Outside In: Historical Perspectives from Ancient to Modern

The   focus of this session is to examine the usefulness of outside perspectives in reconstructing past societies. What roles do neighbouring nations   play in researching each other’s past?

The   first article investigates Neolithic Anatolian history through a   European lens, as the author primarily works on Greek prehistory. The   article   addresses numerous topics from conflicting chronologies to the spread   of early farmers from Anatolia to Europe. The second article takes an   historical approach with the author viewing the past through modern   historical textbooks in Greece and Turkey. This   article aims to investigate what each country is including, and more   importantly excluding, in their history textbooks.


Catherine Perlés 2015: ‘Neolithic Anatolia as seen from the West’, in M. Özdoğan, N. Başgelen and P. Kuniholm (eds), The Neolithic in Turkey 6.   10500–5200 BC: Environmental Settlement, Flora, Fauna, Dating, Symbols   of Belief, with Views from North, South, East, and West, 403-432. Archaeology   and Art Publications: Istanbul.

Hercules Millas 1991: ‘History textbooks in Greece and Turkey’, History Workshop 31, 21–33.

13 August

Venue: Graduate Seminar Room a (Room 210), 1st  floor, Old Arts

Time: 6:00

Chair: Andrea Argirides

ISIL’s War  on Archaeology: The Eradication of Iraqi and Syrian Cultural and  Archaeological Heritage

The  presentation will focus on the readings below, but the main focus is the  current destruction of Syrian and Iraqi archaeological sites and cultural heritage  by ISIL; the effect this is having on these nations (especially key  communities); the impact that ISIL’s operations are having on archaeological  research in both Iraq and Syria; and the challenges that currently face the  international community to protect Iraqi and Syrian cultural heritage from  ISIL.


Graciela  Gestoso Singer 2015: ‘ISIS’s war on cultural heritage and memory’, Museodata (June 2015).

Russell Howard,  Jonathan Prohov and Marc Elliott 2015: ‘Digging in and trafficking out: how the  destruction of cultural heritage funds terrorism’, CTC Sentinal 8/2  (February 2015). Available online at:

27 August

Venue: Graduate Seminar Room a (Room 210), 1st  floor, Old Arts

Time: 6:00


24 September

Venue: Graduate Seminar Room a (Room 210), 1st  floor, Old Arts

Time: 6:00

Chair: Will Anderson