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Welcome to BANEA


The British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) was founded in 1988 to promote study of the archaeology, languages, and history of the Ancient Near East and provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information on these topics.

Upcoming and Past events

BANEA 2022

7-8 January 2022, Cambridge

Due to the ongoing Covid19 epidemic, the conference will be held virtually.


The conference themes are:

1) Rethinking the urban revolution

2) Climate change

3) Text-aided archaeology


We are also open to proposals for papers or panels on other topics relevant to the archaeology, history and texts of the Ancient Near East, including reports on recent fieldwork, archive or museum work, and public engagement. We are particularly interested in papers that address the many challenging issues of decolonisation.


Please send proposals (title and abstract of 200 words maximum) to the organisers, Augusta McMahon ( and/or Cameron Petrie ( by 15 December. Please indicate your time zone, to assist us with scheduling.


There is no charge to attend the conference, although we ask that all delegates and paper presenters join BANEA as members. 

BANEA Workshop on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Programme

2-5 pm, 29 November 2021.

We are excited to announce the full programme for our upcoming workshop on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity on Monday 29 November. We hope the workshop will provide a space for discussing how we make BANEA a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable organisation by decolonising our practices and events, including the BANEA annual conference.