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The oasis of Tayma, Northwest Arabia |€“ 6000 years of cultural contacts and exchange

  • Arnulf Hausleiter
Thursday 15 December 2016
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Vossius room

On Thursday 15 December Arnulf Hausleiter will deliver the third Leiden Lecture on Ancient Arabian Civilization. 

Tayma was an important trading post on the trade routes leading from Southern Arabia to Syro-Mesopotamia and the Levant. Occupied since the 4th millennium BC, it was during the last part of the 1st millennium BC that Tayma interacted with neighbouring oases. This period also saw the its occupation by the Babylonian monarch Nabonidus, before it became part of the Nabataean sphere and was probably also under Roman-Byzantine influence. The city played an important role in the expansion of Islam towards the Levant as well. The Saudi-German excavation of the oasis has shed unprecedented light on the cosmopolitan history of Tayma, and its importance for the history of pre-Islamic Arabia.

About Arnulf Hausleiter

Dr. A. Hausleiter is a Near Eastern archaeologist currently based at the Orient Department of Berlin’s German Archaeological Institute (DAI). He was assistant professor at Berlin’s Freie Universität (1997-2002), and at the Carsten Niebuhr Institute, University of Copenhagen (2003), and guest professor at Vienna University (2003-2004). He is currently teaching at the Freie Universität Berlin. 

Since 2004 he has been co-directing the Saudi-German multidisciplinary field project at the oasis of Tayma, Northwest Arabia. Following his research interests in Bronze and Iron Age civilisations in the Near East, he participated to excavations at the Assyrian capital Ashur, Iraq, and co-directed a survey of the lower town of the provincial Assyrian town Til Barsip, Syria. Since 2009 he has been working in the city of Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Previous lectures in this series

Michael Macdonald | "Ancient Arabia: Forgotten Civilizations at the Heart of the Ancient Near East" | 17 maart 2015
Laïla Nehmé | "The Nabataeans in the Arabian Peninsula: An Overview" | 10 December 2015

This lecture is organised in cooperation with:
Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia (LeiCenSAA)
Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten (NINO)
Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS)
Stichting Oosters Instituut
Juynboll Stichting

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