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Timna excavations, 2015 season

The third season of the Tel Aviv University Central Timna Valley Project (CTV) is coming soon (February 2015) and we welcome students and volunteers to join us. 
The excavations focus on Late Bronze and Iron Age mining and smelting sites in Timna, one of the best preserved ancient copper mining districts world-wide. The season includes a field school that grants TAU academic credit.

More informations :

Jeudi 2 octobre 2014

Conférence des Amis de Larsa

CRASSARD R.* “Derniers chasseurs-cueilleurs et néolithisation en Péninsule arabique


10h-12h, salle 106, 1er étage de l’Institut d’Histoire de l’Art et d’Archéologie – 3 rue Michelet, Paris

Le site de Qalhât (Sultanat d’Oman) recherche un archéologue !

                     Dans le cadre du projet de recherche sur le site de Qalhât (Sultanat d’Oman) nous recherchons un(e) archéologue pour la prochaine campagne de fouille (novembre-décembre 2014). Le Projet Qalhât, dirigé par Axelle Rougeulle, est placé sous l’autorité scientifique du CNRS-UMR8167 et bénéficie du soutien du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Ministère du Patrimoine et de la Culture omanais.
Qalhât est une grande cité portuaire médiévale liée au commerce international de l’océan Indien qui a été fondée aux environs de 1100 avant d’être largement détruite par les portugais au début du XVIe siècle. Commencé en 2008, ce projet de recherche a déjà permis de mieux comprendre l’histoire de la ville et d’en préciser l’ organisation générale. Plusieurs monuments prestigieux ont été reconnus et partiellement fouillés, ainsi que des habitats et des ensembles liés aux activités artisanales. Lors de la campagne de cette année, les fouilles archéologiques porteront sur certains bâtiments dont la fonction reste à préciser.
Le ou la candidat(e) devra déjà avoir une expérience de terrain et faire preuve d’une certaine autonomie dans la conduite d’un chantier archéologique.
Pour plus d’informations : 
Pour déposer votre candidature : 

JOBS : Visiting Professor of Assyriology at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC), Changchun (China)

Job : designing and teaching courses to MA and PhD level students in Akkadian, Sumerian, Near Eastern History and Culture. Teach 8-12 hours per week, all in english and contribute to the research output of the department.

Possibility to supervise students if so required.

The appointee will also be co-editor of the department journal, The Journal of Ancient Civilizations.

Appointment : from 1st September 2014 to 10th January and then 1st March to 10th July 2015 (possibility of an extension)

Salary : 5000 RMB to 6500 RMB per month (depending on experience) ; 
University will pay for and provide accomodation for the appointee and to a certain extent cover municipal expenses such as electricity
Health care will be provided by the University

Application : No set deadline : the position will remain open until filled with priority fiven to early applications.

  • All applications must be sent to Professor Zhang Qiang (
  • Application should be in english and contain :
  • a cover letter
  • a CV
  • details of 3 referees with email addresses
  • a publication sample (a chapter from a PhD thesis is also acceptable)

14th POCA (Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology)

“The Many Face(t)s of Cyprus”

Deadline : 31st July 2014
Send Abstracts of no more than 250 words and a title together with your email adress to : baerbel.morstadt[at]  

Papers should last for 20-25 minutes and they will be followed by discussion.
The official language of the meeting is English.

Registration and opening of the meeting will take place on Friday evening (November 14th).
There is no registration fee, however delegats would need to make their own travel plans and arrange their own accomodation.

Interview de Jean-Claude Margueron par Vincent Charpentier sur son ouvrage Cités invisibles, la naissance de l’urbanisme au Proche-Orient ancien (Geuthner 2013) (disponible en podcast dans la rubrique “A écouter, à regarder” de notre site)

Huge Achaemenid Site of Cyrus Era Unveiled Near Persepolis

By Hassan Zohouri

TEHRAN (CHN) – A joint team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists in a joint exploration has discovered a large site near Persepolis which belongs to the Achaemenid era. According to archaeologists, the building has probably been constructed at the time of Cyrus the Great.

The Brick Pile is an ancient area which has been revived these days by Iranian and Italian archaeologists. The archaeological team in their third excavation season in the area has recently discovered the large building which belongs to the Achaemenid era.
Alireza Asgari Chavardy, head of the Iranian discovery team, commenting on the issue told CHN: “During the archaeological excavations by the Italian and Italian teams in Persepolis, in the city of Parseh we discovered an amazing building which belongs to the time of the first Achaemenid kings in Fras. The dimension of the building is at least 33 to 33 meters and thousands of glazed bricks have been used in the building.”
He said: “The thickness of the walls of the building is 10 meters. The discovery of the building with such a magnitude, size and number of glazed bricks in Fars region is being conducted for the first time.”

What is highly important in the discovery of the building is its glazed bricks which are decorated with motifs such as fabulous animals.

European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) : 20th Annual Meeting
10-14th september 2014

The call for proposinf sessions and round tables for EAA Istanbul 2014 Meeting is now open to terminate on November 11, 2013. In compliance with the rules set by EAA on keeping strict deadlines, interactive system registering and accepting proposals will automatically shutdown at 17.00 pm GMT (19.00 local time in Turkey).

The list of sessions and round tables accepted by Scientific Committee will be announced on the Web page of the EAA Istanbul Meeting on December 16, 2013 and the call for papers will open at that date.

The following six themes define the framework of the Istanbul 2014 EAA Annual Meeting ; the decision to select these themes was taken within the context of incorporating a wide range of subjects covering all time periods on a supra-regional level. In order to concert with the objective of EAA, the Scientific Committee considers the first theme “Connecting seas – across the borders” as the prime theme of the Istanbul Meeting.

  • Connecting seas – across the borders
  • Managing archaeological heritage : past and present
  • Ancient technologies in social context
  • Environment and subsistence : the geosphere, ecosphere and human interaction
  • Times of chang : collapse and transformative impulses
  • Retrieving and interpreting the archaeological record