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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

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Studying Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Middle East at University

12 March 2022

The purpose of this one-day conference is to give sixth formers an opportunity to explore what it is like to study ancient Egypt and Iraq at British Universities: to see what makes the subject area so intellectually and culturally exciting, learn about the various degree courses, and understand what admissions tutors are looking for.

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BANEA 2022

7-8 January 2021, 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.

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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. 

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