Lecture

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Date: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00
Location: 
The British Academy
Aerial view of excavation and archaeologists

Dr Jane Moon on Back to Babylonia: recent excavations at Tell Khaiber

Babylonia, now southern Iraq, has a special place in the history of civilization. Archaeological research on the ground there has been severely limited in recent decades, but is now feasible again. Since 2013, the Ur Region Archaeology Project (URAP) has been excavating in Tell Khaiber, an old Babylonian settlement between Larsa and Ur.

A massive public building, possibly dating back to the reign of Hammurabi, dominates the settlement. Its unusual architecture and the cuneiform texts found in it suggest a specialised function. During the economic collapse that followed after Hammurabi, it was adapted to other uses.

This illustrated lecture for BISI revealed the principal results of these exciting new insights into Iraq's past, and also how the project's remit extends to introducing up-to-date techniques and working closely with Iraqi colleagues to build skills and confidence for the future. 

Dr Jane Moon is Co-director of URAP, along with Professor Stuart Campbell and Dr Robert Killick. She previously worked with BISI in several regions of Iraq, and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester.

BISI was proud to be one of the founder donors of the Ur Region Archaeology Project, through its Research Grants Programme. 

 

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