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Archaeology of the Invisible. Forced Migration and Modeling Materiality in Contexts of Cultural Mobility in the Ancient Near East and Beyond - 03-04/06/2019, München (Germany)





In the workshop “Forced Mobility: Modeling Materiality in Contexts of Cultural Mobility in the Ancient Near East and Beyond” we want to discuss models addressing forced migration in the interdisciplinary environments of archaeology and history, thus contributing to new insights and modeling strategies.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 03-04/06/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO:  Center for Advanced Studies,Ludwig-Maximilians-University München (München, Germany)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Simone Mühl (LMU Munich/CAS Young Center); Manuela Heil (LMU Munich)

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Monday, 3 June
17:00 Keynote Lecture
Michael D. Roaf (LMU Munich), Identifying Identity in the Ancient Near East

Tuesday, 4 June
09:00–09:15 Simone Mühl (LMU Munich), Welcome Address
Panel 1: History and Materiality
Chair: Alexander Sollee (LMU Munich)
09:15–09:45 Azer Keskin and Reinhard Bernbeck (FU Berlin), Assyrian Expulsion, Dispossession, and Deportation: What Happened to all the Women and Children?

09:45–10:15 Nathan Morello (LMU Munich), Forced Migration in the Assyrian Sources: an Overview

10:15–10:45 Aaron A. Burke (University of California, LA), Climate, Migrations, and Social Change in the Near East during the Late Third Millennium B.C.

10:45–11:15 Coffee Break

Panel 2: Settlement Dynamics
Chair: Alexander Sollee (LMU Munich)
11:15–11:45 Jesper Eidem (University of Pisa), Plain Empty! Abrupt Settlement Oscillations on the Rania Plain (Northeastern Iraq)

11:45–12:15 Simone Mühl (LMU Munich), Refugees in Stratified Societies. A Case Study from Gird-i Shamlu and the Shahrizor Plain, Iraqi Kurdistan

12:15–13:30 Lunch Break

Panel 3: Contextualizing Material Patterns
Chair: Michael Herles (LMU Munich)
13:30–14:00 Georg Neumann (University of Tübingen), „It’s a big site, my man. You’ve got to dig a big hole“ – Continuity and Changes in the Early Bronze Age Sequence at Godin Tappeh as a Marker of Migration and Mobility?

14:00–14:30 Caitlin Chaves Yates (Boston), Hidden Patterns of EBA Urban Networks: Using Network Analysis to Explore Northern Mesopotamian Polity Interaction

14:30–15: Manuela Heil (LMU Munich), Defining the Pattern – Motifs of Painted Ceramics in 3rd Mill. BC Mesopotamia and their Communicative Value

15:00–15:30 Coffee Break

Panel 4: Addressing Migration in Prehistory
Chair: Michael Herles (LMU Munich)
15:30–16:00 Maja Gori (University of Bochum), The Visible and the Invisible: a European and Mediterranean Perspective on Migrations during the 3rd Mill. BC

16:00–16:30 Final Discussion


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