NearEastMed (NEM) Archaeology Group


The NearEastMed group is based in Oxford University and hosts seminars, lectures and events on aspects of Ancient Near East and East Mediterranean archaeology and material culture, in particular focusing on interconnections in antiquity and cross-regional themes. The intention is to provide a forum for doctoral, post-doctoral and visiting researchers in Oxford to present their research to a potentially wide audience, and to bring together researchers from different institutions (Ashmolean Museum, Faculty of Oriental Studies, School of Archaeology, Faculty of Classics), and from further afield. The temporal and regional scope of the seminar series is from prehistory to the start of the Hellenistic period ranging from the Aegean to Mesopotamia.

The group is jointly supported by the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Faculty of Oriental Studies, School of Archaeology, and the Faculty of Classics.


  • Dr. Paul Collins, Assistant Keeper for the Ancient Near East, Ashmolean Museum (from Trinity Term 2011)
  • Dr. Jack Green, Curator for the Ancient Near East, Ashmolean Museum (until end of April 2011)
  • Dr. Catherine Draycott, Katherine and Leonard Woolley Junior Research Fellow (Somerville College)
  • with
  • Dr. Yannis Galanakis, Sackler Junior Research Fellow (Worcester College) and Project curator for the Aegean World, Ashmolean Museum
  • Dr. Anja Ulbrich, A.G. Leventis curator for Ancient Cyprus, Ashmolean Museum

NearEastMed Archaeology Group Seminars

Trinity Term 2011 Seminar series

The following lunchtime seminars will be held from 1 p.m. on Thursdays. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available after the papers. The seminars are supported by the Department of Classics, Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum.

VENUE: Lecture room, Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford. OX1 2PG (next to Ashmolean Museum)

Thursday 12th May (second week)

Minoan Seafarers, Egypt and the Levant

Thursday 26th May (fourth week)

Community interaction in Bronze Age Cyprus: global to local, and back again, at Kissonerga

Thursday 9th June (sixth week)

Ritual iconography in the East Mediterranean: the Iron Age II favissa at Yavneh, Israel

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List of Past Seminars