UWTSD Lampeter hosts British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology 2016 Conference


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is hosting the prestigious British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) 2016 conference at Lampeter 6th-8th January 2016.

Scholars from across the UK, Europe and the US will be meeting in Lampeter to discuss recent developments in Near Eastern archaeology. The main theme of the conference is Land, Sea and Sky – focusing on the environments of the ancient Near East in particular. This is the first time that the international conference will be held at Lampeter, which is the only University in Wales to offer programmes in Near Eastern Archaeology.

The Conference comes at a time when the archaeology of the region is under increasing threat from military activity and looting. The keynote lecture will examine the sustainability of cultural heritage in this part of the world.

Dr John Curtis, Iran Heritage Foundation, will give the keynote lecture on Land, Sea and Sky in the Near East: Destruction and Preservation of Cultural Heritage on January 6th at 6.30pm in the Tucker Theatre, Old Hall. This lecture focuses on the current political situation in the region and the disastrous effect this is having on the preservation of cultural heritage.

Dr Graham Philip, University of Durham, will continue with this theme on Friday 8th January and will be discussing the challenges facing the preservation of cultural property in Syria (Shirin).

The conference is hosted by the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, the School of Classics and the Sophia Institute.

UWTSD provides world-class expertise, inspirational teaching and fieldwork opportunities, both in Britain and abroad, within the related disciplines of Archaeology, History and Anthropology and at one of the oldest and most scenic campus’ in Britain.

For more information visit http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/aha/

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 225108/ 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014