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Keynote Lecture | Seminar for Arabian Studies

Changing Paradigms of Research: the Arabian Peninsula

Friday 12 July 2019
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Rapenburg 28
Taffeh room

Expanding field research combined with novel radiometric determinations, geomorphological and environmental studies on the mainland and coastal regions of the Arabian Peninsula call for a radical reassessment of traditional narratives about this previously reputed peripheral area of the Ancient Near East.

The lecture will discuss the evidence obtained in recent investigations, question long-established paradigms and propose new paths for future scientific explorations of this unique environment.

About the speaker

Marta Luciani is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna and is the Director of the Austrian Component of the Joint Archaeological Project at Qurayyah, Saudi Arabia and co-director of the Northwest Sulaimaniyah Survey and Excavations at Chemchemal, Iraqi Kurdistan.

A leading archaeologist with over 30 years of field experience, she has headed interdisciplinary archaeological projects in multiple lands in the region (Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia). She holds a Master's Degree from the University of Padova (1991), a PhD from the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples (1996), a post-graduate Specialisation from the University of Pisa (1999) and venia docendi from the University of Vienna (2007). She is a member of the Archäologischer Rat Österreichs.

Seminar for Arabian Studies

This lecture is part of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, organised by the International Association for the Study of Arabia. This year's seminar will be held from 11-13 July at Leiden University. 


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