Off the Record – Tuesday 14th March

A reminder about Tuesday’s ‘Off the Record’ seminar, which will be given by Ana Vale.

Species of spaces. Sherds and other fragments in the construction of a Chalcolithic walled enclosure, Castanheiro do Vento (NE Portugal)

Ana Vale is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology at the Centre of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences, and University of Porto, Portugal. Her research focuses on the study of Late Neolithic enclosures (mainly in the Iberian Peninsula), and brings together the study of material culture and architectural histories in order to produce an understanding of the nature and temporality of the “use” of these sites.

Tuesday 14th March 1-2pm, room 612.  All welcome, and do feel free to bring your lunch.

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Lecture: The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt – 2nd March

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This Thursday, 2nd March, Kathryn Bard (Boston University) will give a lecture in G6, Institute of Archaeology 5-6pm: 

The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

Sponsored by the World Archaeology Section.

Archaeological investigations were conducted 2001 to 2011 at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt, the site of the pharaonic harbor of Saww, by Boston University and the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” The harbor was mainly used in the 12th Dynasty by an estimated 10-15 seafaring expeditions to the southern Red Sea region. A large paleo-bay existed at the harbor ca. 6000-4000 BP, and the only substantial structures there were small stone monuments, rock-cut chambers and galleries, and possible slipways for ships. Most of the archaeological evidence consists of the remains of ephemeral activities, such as hearths for cooking; areas of cereal storage, processing and baking; fire-pits in a multi-purpose production area; and the waste from salvaged ship timbers. Abandoned artifacts include ceramics brought from the Nile Valley, cargo boxes, and ship timbers and riggings. There is also evidence (ceramic and raw materials) about where these expeditions were traveling, as well as texts that mention Punt and Bia-Punt.

All welcome!

Off the Record – Species of Spaces

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We are looking forward to welcoming Ana Vale to give the next ‘Off the Record’ lunchtime seminar on Tuesday 14th March, 1-2pm, in room 612.

Ana Vale is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology at the Centre of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences, and University of Porto, Portugal. Her research focuses on the study of Late Neolithic enclosures (mainly in the Iberian Peninsula), and brings together the study of material culture and architectural histories in order to produce an understanding of the nature and temporality of the “use” of these sites.

Section Newsletter #11

January 2017

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of the IoA World Archaeology Section Newsletter.


Lecture: The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt – 2nd March

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Lecture by Kathryn Bard, Professor of Archaeology, Boston University on 2nd March 2017 in G6, Institute of Archaeology 5-6pm.  Sponsored by the World Archaeology Section.

Archaeological investigations were conducted 2001 to 2011 at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt, the site of the pharaonic harbor of Saww, by Boston University and the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” The harbor was mainly used in the 12th Dynasty by an estimated 10-15 seafaring expeditions to the southern Red Sea region. A large paleo-bay existed at the harbor ca. 6000-4000 BP, and the only substantial structures there were small stone monuments, rock-cut chambers and galleries, and possible slipways for ships. Most of the archaeological evidence consists of the remains of ephemeral activities, such as hearths for cooking; areas of cereal storage, processing and baking; fire-pits in a multi-purpose production area; and the waste from salvaged ship timbers. Abandoned artifacts include ceramics brought from the Nile Valley, cargo boxes, and ship timbers and riggings. There is also evidence (ceramic and raw materials) about where these expeditions were traveling, as well as texts that mention Punt and Bia-Punt.

For more information contact Alice Stevenson (alice.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk).


Lecture: Evolution of Settlements in the Oasis of Bukhara – 27th January

Lecture by Dr Rocco Rante, Département des arts de l’Islam, Musée du Louvre. 27th January 2017 in Common Ground, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, 5.30-6.30pm (followed by a wine reception). All welcome.

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Conferences, Events and Forums

A brief selection of recent announcements. If you would like to share upcoming events in the next newsletter, please get in touch.

EES / UCL Lecture:Between legacies and new technologies: the evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cédric Gobeil

10th February 2017, 6-7pm, G6, Institute of Archaeology

Tickets are free (booking essential).  For more details, please see the IoA event announcement.

Islamic Archaeology Day 2017

28th January 2017, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The third annual Islamic Archaeology day hosted by SOAS and UCL will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on Saturday 28th January, 11-6pm. The workshop presents papers on the latest archaeological research across the Islamic world and is followed by a drinks reception.

For further details of the programme, and to register (£5 (students) / £10), please see the Eventbrite site.

Call for papers: Egyptology and Anthropology: Historiography, theoretical exchange, and conceptual development

25th–26th July 2017, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

The deadline for submitting papers for this symposium is 1st April 2017. Further details are on the website.


Call for ‘Off the Record’ speakers for the Spring Term

If any section members would like to contribute to this term’s ‘Off the Record’ series, please email sarah.hoile.12@ucl.ac.uk.

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  • New PhD students who could present research from their masters degrees or current doctorates
  • Postdocs or visiting fellows
  • Existing members of staff

The sessions are informal and there is no set format.


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Off the Record – TRACER project

The first ‘Off the Record’ lunchtime seminar of 2017 took place yesterday, and it gave those who attended the opportunity to hear about the TRACER project from Gersande Eschenbrenner-Diemer, who has recently joined the Institute. The TRACER project is titled from an acronym of ‘Tree Roots: an analytical ‘culture’ of economy and religion’, with the case study of Egypt 2050-1550 BC, and is a Marie Curie Fellowship.

The project involves learning from the objects themselves to give insights into the historical context; identifying the wood types used, for example, to explore the choices of craftspeople and the trade networks that supplied them. Gersande also shared her previous research on wooden objects of this period, which included the use of 3D imaging to explore makers’ techniques, leading to the identification of workshops.

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Gersande confirmed that a website will be created which will enable us to follow the progress of this fascinating project over the next two years.

Further ‘Off the Record’ seminars for this term are to be confirmed.

Call for seminar/newsletter contributions

If any section members would like to contribute to this term’s lunchtime seminars, or have news or events to include in the next World Archaeology newsletter, please email me (sarah.hoile.12@ucl.ac.uk).

Off the Record – 12th January

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The first ‘Off the Record’ seminar in the Spring Term 2017 will be given by Gersande Eschenbrenner-Diemer on ‘From the workshop to the grave: an analysis of woodcraft as societal “tracer” in Ancient Egypt during the Middle Bronze Age.’ Presentation of the TRACER project (Marie Curie Fellowship).

Thursday 12th January 1-2pm, room 410.  All welcome, and do feel free to bring your lunch.

Please note the change of time and room for this term.

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Call for ‘Off the Record’ speakers for the Spring Term

If any section members would like to contribute to this term’s ‘Off the Record’ series, please email me (sarah.hoile.12@ucl.ac.uk).