Thursday
the 31st of October, the Royal Museums of Art and History of
Brussels were the stage for several eloquent speeches by the members of the
Belgian IAP Project “Greater Mesopotamia”, associated researchers, domestic and foreign specialists. After a
short welcome by Eric Gubel, head of the project and president of this seminar,
there were a total of three sessions with eleven lectures of twenty minutes
each (and this limit was – quite surprisingly – respected by all speakers). The
first two sessions were dedicated to research within Mesopotamia proper, the
third discussed new findings in peripheral areas, such as Syria and Cilicia. The
various presentations gave an insight into the bounteous possibilities that
research into ancient seals has to offer – and the ingenuity of the scholars
who succeed in exploiting every last one of these possibilities to their full
potential. After the final coffee break, Dominique Collon presented a lecture
for the Assyriological Center Georges Dossin on second millennium glyptic, after
a previous (surprise) discussion of several seals earlier that day.

book of abstracts
picture gallery

Programme:

11.00-11.10 ERIC GUBEL (RMAH-VUB)

Welcome

11.10-11.30 HENDRIK HAMEEUW (RMAH-KU Leuven)

Abba-Kala the Knight, Louis Speleers was Correct!: Ur III
Seal Impressions of an Equestrian

11.35-11.55 JOACHIM BRETSCHNEIDER & GRETA JANS (KU
Leuven)

The Palace Glyptic of Nabada in the 3rd Millennium BC

12.00-12.20 ANNE DEVILLERS (RMAH)

Absence of Evidence or Evidence of Absence ? Missing Species
in Ancient Near Eastern

Glyptic

– Lunch –

13.45-14.05 KATRIEN DE GRAEF (UGent)

Gala’s Galore. The Seals of an Old Babylonian Gala Family

14.10-14.30 ANNE GODDEERIS (KU Leuven)

Sealing Practices on Old Babylonian Contracts

14.35-14.55 DENYSE HOMÈS-FREDERICQ (hon. curator RMAH – Em.
Prof. VUB)

Glyptic of the Neo-Assyrian Archives of Ma‘allānāte

15.00-15.20 ZOLTÁN NIEDERREITER (Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest)

Typology of the Adad-nērārī III Style Cylinder Seals

– Coffee
break –

15.50-16.10
INGRID SWINNEN (VUB-RMAH)

Geometric Seal Impressions on Pottery from al-Lahun (Jordan)
in the Early Bronze I

16.15-16.35 VANESSA BOSCHLOOS (RMAH)

The ‘Green Jasper Seal Workshop’: Evidence from Byblos

16.40-17.00 ERIC GUBEL (RMAH-VUB)

A New Central Levantine Transitional LB – IA Cylinder
Workshop?

17.05-17.25
CHARLOTTE LEBRUN, JULIEN DE VOS & ETIENNE VAN QUICKELBERGHE (UCL)

Le symbole
de l’autorité royale au IIe millénaire : De la Cilicie à Karkémish

17.30-17.40 ERIC GUBEL (RMAH-VUB)

Concluding remarks

– Coffee break –

18.00 Key-note lecture (Assyriological Center Georges
Dossin):

DOMINIQUE COLLON (hon. curator British Museum London)

Témoignages
de la glyptique au 2e millénaire avant J.-C. – Réseaux internationaux le long
de

la côte et
de la méditerranée