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Cities and Landscapes of Assyria: New Research in the Imperial Core

Cities and Landscapes of Assyria: New Research in the Imperial Core
5 Bancroft Avenue, Earth Sciences Auditorium B142
Time: Jan 13th, 8:00 pm End: Jan 13th, 10:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), before 400 BCE, Archaeology, Anthropology (FAS)
Lecture by Jason Ur, Harvard University

The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies is pleased to present the A.K. Grayson Lecture on Assyrian History and Culture:

Jason Ur, Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Cities and Landscapes of Assyria: New Research in the Imperial Core

In August 2012, a new Harvard University archaeological research project began in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. This area was the core of the Neo-Assyrian empire (ca. 900-600 BC), which at its greatest stretched from Egypt to Iran. The Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey (EPAS) is identifying and mapping sites from the neolithic to the twentieth century AD around the modern city of Erbil (ancient Arbail, capital of an iner Assyrian province). The project is focused  particularly on the impacts of the Neo-Assyrian empire -- massive walled cities, enormous irrigation systems, and a countryside filled with deportees from distant conquered lands. This presentation describes the results, including the use of declassfied sy satellite photographs to find ancient towns and cities.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.  For further information, or to request an accommodation, please contact the CSMS at (416) 978-4531 or csms@chass.utoronto.ca.

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