Re-Orienting Ancient Near-Eastern Studies
The Forum Theatre 153, Level 1
An Event in Honour of Emeritus Professor Tony (Antonio) Sagona.
An emerging shift in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies has seen a change of geographical emphasis away from more traditional areas of study to places that were previously misinterpreted as less significant peripheries. In this context, Tony Sagona’s early and enduring focus on Eastern Turkey and the Southern Caucasus now seems especially prescient. This event is a celebration of Tony’s outstanding career and of his legacy, which is reflected in the University of Melbourne’s continuing work on the frontiers of his discipline.
Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson, Associate Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson
Associate Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
University of Melbourne
Andrew Jamieson, Associate Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Melbourne, has extensive archaeological field experience and has worked at sites in Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. In the mid1990s he was deeply involved in the UNESCO postwar salvage operations in Beirut. For ten seasons he was involved in the Australian excavations at Tell Ahmar in northern Syria. Since 2005 he has curated over 20 exhibitions in the Classics and Archaeology Gallery at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. In 2014 he was invited to represent Australia on the Shirin international committee for Safeguarding and Protection of Syrian Heritage. In 2015 Andrew won the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence. He became the general editor of *Ancient Near Eastern Studies* in 2017. His research interests include ancient Near Eastern archaeology and archaeological collection management practices.
Dr Claudia Sagona, Honorary Principal Fellow in the Classics and Archaeology program, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Dr Claudia Sagona
Honorary Principal Fellow in the Classics and Archaeology program, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
University of Melbourne
Claudia Sagona is Honorary Principal Fellow in the Classics and Archaeology program at the University of Melbourne. Her research has taken her from the islands of the Maltese Archipelago, to the highlands of northeastern Anatolia and the Caucasus. She has written a number of books concerning Malta’s ancient past, including a comprehensive volume for Cambridge University Press, *The Archaeology of Malta: From the Neolithic through the Roman Period* (2015), another on the PhoenicianPunic evidence, *The Archaeology of Punic Malta* (2002), and has delved into the Mithraic mystery cult, *Looking for Mithra in Malta* (2009). In 2007, she was made an honorary member of the National Order of Merit of Malta (M.O.M.).
Dr Catherine Longford, Research Associate Archaeobotanist
Dr Catherine Longford
Research Associate Archaeobotanist
University of Sheffield
Catherine is an archaeobotanist who has specialised in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Near East, particularly the KuraAraxes culture. Her PhD research was on the ‘Plant Economy of the KuraAraxes’ and used the site of Sos Höyük, Turkey, excavated by Tony and Claudia Sagona as a case study. Catherine has a BA/BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne majoring in Archaeology, Botany and Geology and an MSc in Palaeoeconomy and Environmental Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. At Sheffield Catherine was employed as a Marie Curie Research Fellow in Archaeobotany specialising in roots and tubers, and Research Officer. Currently Catherine is an ERC Post Doctoral Research Associate at Sheffield as part of the University of Manchester ADAPT project researching the spread of crops across Neolithic Europe. Catherine has worked as an archaeobotanist on excavations in Turkey (KamanKale Höyük, Catal Höyük), Georgia (Chobareti, Rabati, Samtavro), Israel (Tel Beit Yerah) and Bulgaria (Dodoparon), and on various sites in the UK.
Dr Hyun Jin Kim, Senior Lecturer in Classics, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Dr Hyun Jin Kim
Senior Lecturer in Classics, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
University of Melbourne
Dr Hyun Jin Kim is Senior Lecturer in Classics in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. He took his D Phil from Oxford University as a Commonwealth scholar and specialises in Greek History, Late Antiquity and Comparative Literature. He is the author of five books on various subjects relating to the abovementioned fields of inquiry.
Professor Chris Mackie, Professor, Mediterranean Studies
Professor Chris Mackie
Professor, Mediterranean Studies
La Trobe University
Chris Mackie has written widely on Roman and Greek topics, especially Vergil, Homer, and Greek mythology. More recently he has developed interests in the Gallipoli/Dardanelles region through time, and in classical reception studies. After working at the University of New England (NSW) for two years, he was at the University of Melbourne for 24 years where he supervised many MA and PhD theses. He joined the Research Centre for Greek Studies at La Trobe University in mid2010.
Professor Barbara Helwing, Edwin Cuthbert Hall Chair in Middle Eastern Archaeology
Professor Barbara Helwing
Edwin Cuthbert Hall Chair in Middle Eastern Archaeology
University of Sydney
Barbara Helwing holds the Edwin Cuthbert Hall Chair in Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney. She specialises in the archaeology of Southwest Asia, with longstanding onsite experience in Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan, and has more recently shifted her attention to South Asia, with a new field project in Sri Lanka. Her research focuses on the functioning of ancient human societies in an interdisciplinary and diachronic perspective, looking at humanenvironment as well as humantechnology interactions and the role of innovations therein. As a sideline, she is also interested in the history of archaeology in the countries of Southwest and South Asia within its historical and political context. Before coming to Australia in 2016, she taught Near Eastern Prehistory and Archaeology in Lyon, Tübingen, Berlin, Tehran and Ankara. From 2000 to 2014, she was head of the German Archaeological Institute in Iran.
Professor Marcella Frangipane, Full Professor of Archaeology (Prehistory)
Professor Marcella Frangipane
Full Professor of Archaeology (Prehistory)
Sapienza Universita’ di Roma
Marcella Frangipane is Full Professor of Archaeology (Prehistory) at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she teaches Prehistory and Protohistory of the Near and Middle East and Strategies and Methods of Archaeological Research. She is a Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and a Corresponding Member of the Deutsches Archäologische Institut in Berlin and the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. She is also the editor in chief of the journal *Origini* and the editor of two monograph series, *Arslantepe* and *Studi di Preistoria Orientale* (SPO). Professor Frangipane has participated in field research in Mexico, Italy, Egypt and Turkey, becoming field vicedirector of the Sapienza excavations at the Late Predynastic site of Maadi (Egypt), and, in 1990, the director of the Italian Archaeological Project in Eastern Anatolia (excavations at ArslantepeMalatya and Zeytinli BahçeUrfa, Turkey). The Arslantepe Project, where Professor Frangipane has worked for more than 40 years, is the core of her research activity.