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Greater Mesopotamia

Symposium: Identifying Archaeological Finds

Activities Posted on Mon, April 18, 2016 08:40:05

On 15-16 March 2016 the International Multidisciplinary Symposium: Non-destructive and Destructive Methods to Identify Archaeological Finds and their Host Deposits in Arid and Semi-arid Areas was held at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences; an initiative by the IAP partners RMAH and RBINS. The objective was to bring together different methodologies which address issues relating to the identification of materials and their composition. 60 to 70 researchers and students attended the symposium. The two day programme welcomed speakers from Belgium, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Egypt and Israel. The three keynotes to the symposium were:

Georges Stoops – “The use of micromorphology in archaeology of the Near East“
Patrick Degryse – “The origin and spread of glass making: The isotopic evidence”
Dennis Braekmans – Integrating technological and archaeometric approaches to 1st Millennium BC ceramics from the Southern Levant and North Africa

The full programme and abstracts can be found via this link.

Imaging @ Lausanne

Activities Posted on Mon, April 18, 2016 08:09:58

At the request of dr. Patrick M. Michel – Département des sciences de l’Antiquité – Unité de Mésopotamie (University of Genève) – the small collection of cuneiform tablets at the Musée cantonal d’archéologie et d’histoire (MCAH) at Lausanne was scanned with the Portable Light Dome on 11-12 April 2016. The scans will be used in the context of the on-going study and publication of these texts.