The 2016 conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) will be hosted by the Schools of Archaeology History, and Anthropology and Classics are pleased to be hosting BANEA 2016 at Lampeter (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) from January 6th-January 8th 2016.
Our theme for the 2016 conference is Land, Sea and Sky in the Near East, from the earliest human occupation to the twenty-first century. A panel on Skyscapes will be convened by Dr Bernadette Brady and Dr Nicholas Campion. The study of Skyscapes focuses on the human relationship with the sky, which generally means with the sun, moon, stars and planets. A close relationship with the sky was essential to many aspects of Near Eastern culture from religion and politics to the built environment. We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes length which deal with the relationship between the sky and the archaeological record. For example, proposals may include, but not be restricted to, the use of astronomy in Pharaonic Egypt, astral magic in Mesopotamia, the creation and uses of calendars, and the alignments of temples and monuments, and celestial symbolism in Islamic architecture. Time periods may range from ancient and medieval to modern. Deadline for the Call for Papers is 31 October 2015.