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Friday, April 5, 2024 @ 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

David Hawkins Memorial Lecture

Dr Mark Weeden on ‘How to say “no” in Hieroglyphic Luwian and other Decipherments of David Hawkins’

By Ali Khadr

Dr Mark Weeden on ‘How to say “no” in Hieroglyphic Luwian and other Decipherments of David Hawkins’

David Hawkins, who died in December 2023, made a unique contribution to the study of the ancient world. This individuality is exemplified by the difficulty his colleagues had in labelling him: archaeologist, historian, epigrapher, philologist, cuneiformist, decipherer, Hittitologist, Assyriologist. He took a whole-view approach to whatever he researched. This lecture will look at the way David’s work changed the fields which he studied and laid a solid basis for what has become a field of study of its own: Hieroglyphic Luwian. It will give some overview of the current state of Hittitology in the light of his contributions.

Dr Mark Weeden (UCL) was David Hawkins’ last PhD student, last successor in post, and collaborated with him on numerous projects after his retirement. Thanks to an anonymous private donation, he now works at UCL as Associate Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern Languages in the Department of Greek and Latin.

There is no charge for this event, but you are invited to make a donation to WaterAid in memory of David here. 

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Event Schedule

18.00 Arrival and drinks

18.30 Introduction and reminiscence by Professor Andrew George

18.45 – 19.30 Lecture by Dr Mark Weeden followed by Q&A

19.30 Drinks reception and light bites


This is a joint event hosted by the BISI and the British Institute at Ankara.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

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@ 6:00 pm-9:00 pm


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