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Archaeology of the Near East

The Near East, situated at the nexus of Europe, Africa, and Asia, was central to the development of ancient societies in all three continents.

Crucial developments include the transition to farming and sedentary life, the emergence and impact of long distance trade networks, the development of urban life and literacy, and the emergence and development of imperial states. In Leiden we investigate the archaeology of this crucible of civilization from the early Neolithic up to the Ottoman era, and our staff are involved in research projects across the region.

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