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Changing Clusters and Migration in the Near Eastern Bronze Age - 04-05-06/12/2019, Vienna (Austria)

The origin, the causality and way of immigration of Western Asiatic population groups into the eastern Nile delta is the focus of this workshop which is tied to the “pre-history” of the Hyksos rule in Egypt. The discourse on this subject of research is discussed by the researchers of the ERC-Advanced Grant “The Hyksos Enigma” and an international community of scholars who deal with this part of Near Eastern history.


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, Austria)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Manfred Bietak and Silvia Prell (Austrian Academy of Sciences).

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Wednesday, 4th December

17.30 Keynote lecture Marlies Heinz (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg), Kamid el-Loz in the Beqa’a-Plain of Lebanon – Involved in the History of Avaris? Or – did the “Hinterland” of the Northern Levant Matter at all in the Delta-Affairs? Thursday, 5th December 09:00–09:30 Manfred Bietak (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Introduction to the ERC Advanced Grant “The Enigma of the Hyksos” 09:30–10:00 Marcella Frangipane (Sapienza Università di Roma), Inter-cultural Connections and Changing Relations from Late Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age in Eastern Anatolia 10:00–10:30 Marta D’Andrea (Sapienza Università di Roma), Developing Connections and Changing Clusters: The Levant between the Early and Middle Bronze Ages 10:30–11:00 Elisa Priglinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Changing Identities: Migration and its Cultural Consequences 11:00–11:30 Coffee Break 11:30–12:00 Önhan Tunca (Université de Liège), About a Particular Type of Tomb in the Syrian Jaziereh and at Tell el-DabꜤa in Egypt 12:00–12:30 Rafał Koliński (Adam Mickiewicz University), Changing Clusters and Migrations in the Central Jaziereh Region (NE Syria) 12:30–13:00 Silvia Gómez-Senovilla (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Duration or Cessation? Occupational Strategies of Settlements in North Mesopotamia and Egypt during the Middle Bronze Age 13:00–14:00 Lunch Break 14:00–14:30 Daphna Ben-Tor (The Israel Museum, Jerusalem), Egyptian-Levantine Relations in the Hyksos Period: The Southern Levant vs. the Northern Levant 14:30–15:00 Alexander Ahrens (German Archaeological Institute), Contextual and Chronological Remarks on Middle Kingdom Egyptian Statuary and Other Objects Found in the Northern Levant 15:00–15:30 Alexander Ilin-Tomich (Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz), Royal-name Scarabs of Dynasties 14–15 in the Context of Other Contemporary Seals 15:30–16:00 Ezra Marcus (University of Haifa), New Insights into Tracking Maritime Trade among Levantine Cultural Clusters and their Contribution towards Understanding the Hyksos Phenomenon 16:00–16:30 Coffee Break 16:30–17:00 Hanan Charaf (Lebanese University Beirut), Looking for Cultural Borders during the MBA in Lebanon: Preliminary Observations 17:00–17:30 Claude Doumet-Serhal (British Museum London), A House for the Dead and a House for Funeral Rituals: Spatial Organization in Middle Bronze Age Sidon 18:00–19.00 Keynote lecture Gernot Wilhelm (Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg), Hurrians and the Hurrian Language – Migration or the Diffusion of a Language? Friday, 6th December09:00–09:30 Silvia Prell (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Lorenz Rahmstorf (Georg-August University Göttingen), The Value of Weights – What They Can Tell us about Economic Changes of Power 09:30–10:00 Anna-Latifa Mourad (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Transforming Egypt into the New Kingdom: The Movement of Ideas and Technology across Geopolitical, Cultural and Social ‘Borders’

10:00–10:30 Frank Kammerzell (Humboldt University Berlin), Egyptian and the Emergence of Canaanite. Establishing a Southeast Mediterranean Convergence Area 10:30–11:00 Thomas Richter (Goethe University Frankfurt), Hurrian and Hurrians in the Southwest 11:00–11:30 Coffee Break 11:30–12:00 Chris Stantis (Bournemouth University), Can a Multi-isotope Bioarchaeological Approach Identify Migration in the Second Intermediate Period? 12:00–12:30 Nina Maaranen (Bournemouth University), Ties that Bind – Investigating Hyksos Kinship and Provenance using Human Dentition 12:30–13:00 Arwa Kharobi (Bournemouth University), The Greatest Wealth is Health: Contribution to the Paleopathology of Middle Bronze Age Populations in the Eastern Delta and the Levant 13:00–14:00 Lunch Break 14:00–14:30 Sarah Vilain (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Shifting Connections: Trade and Crisis at Tell el-DabꜤa during the Second Intermediate Period 14:30–15:00 Anna Wodzińska (University of Warsaw), The Earliest Settlement in Tell el-Retaba and its Character 15:00–15:30 Aleksandra Ksiezak (University of Toronto), MBA Settlement Pattern in the Wadi Tumilat 15:30–16:00 Maura Sala (Sapienza Università di Roma), Clusters of Asiatics in Lower Egypt in the Early 2nd Millennium BC: A View from the Wadi Tumilat 16:00–16:30 Coffee Break 16:30–17:30 Final Discussion

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