British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology Annual Conference 2014

BANEA logoThe University of Reading is proud to host the Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology.

New Agendas in Near Eastern Archaeology

Thursday 9 January to Saturday 11 January 2014

Conference sessions will cover:

  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Access and networks
  • Social identity, power and governance
  • New agendas in landscape archaeology
  • Near Eastern archaeology in the contemporary world
  • Other current research themes
  • Excavation and survey reports

Update 8th January

Booking for the Conference has now closed, and more than 120 delegates will be attending.

The Registration Desk will be open from 15:30 Thursday 9th January, in the Palmer Building, Whiteknights campus, University of Reading. All the Conference sessions will be in the Palmer Building, except the Wine Reception on Thursday evening, which will be in the Archaeology Department. You can find travel instructions here:

 Maps and directions

Car parking: Car Park P3 (where there will be some reserved spaces for Conference delegates) and in other car parks on the campus - permits not required.

We will give you the Conference Programme and Abstracts when you register. You can download the Abstracts booklet here:

 BANEA 2014 Abstracts - final

BANEA's Annual General Meeting will be held at 17:30 in Lecture Theatre 1.09 in the Palmer Building.

Conference Dinner: if you have booked to attend the Conference Dinner (19:00 Friday 10th, at Zerodegrees Restaurant and Brewery, 9 Bridge St, Reading), we will give you the menu choices when you register for the Conference. We need you to complete and return this by 9.30 am on Friday, so we can phone numbers through to the restaurant. We will give you directions to Zerodegrees.

Queries: email us at, or phone 0777 630 6767.

We look forward to welcoming you to an interesting and enjoyable Conference.

Update 13th December

Booking has been extended - last booking date is 6th January. Please book now, on the 'BANEA 2014 Booking' link further down on this page. We will not be able to provide catering for last-minute arrivals.

The draft Conference Timetable is now available. This is provisional and subject to change:

 Provisional Conference timetable

Travel directions: go to the 'BANEA 2014 Booking' page (link below) and click on the 'Location' tab.

Conference Registration: open from 3.30 pm Thursday 9th January

Keynote lecture

The keynote lecture will be on Thursday 9 January 2014, 5-6 pm

'New Light on an Administrative Device from the Dawn of Writing in the Ancient Near East'

Presented by Christopher E. Woods, Associate Professor of Sumerology, University of Chicago, Oriental Institute

Academic Programme

The paper sessions will be all day Friday 10 and Saturday 11 January 2014. The call for papers has now closed, but we are still accepting proposals for posters. There will be a £50 prize for the best poster.

The list of accepted speakers and posters is now available

BANEA Provisional Programme

New Agendas in Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology in the Near East

There will be a special session of papers dedicated to the topic of 'New Agendas in Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology in the Near East', which will take place on Friday 10 January 2014

Landscape Archaeology Workshop

Conference Dinner

There will be a Conference Dinner on Friday 10 January at Zerodegrees, a restaurant & microbrewery in the centre of Reading. Details on the Booking pages - click on the link below


Booking open until 6th January.

BANEA 2014 booking

Student grants

BANEA is offering Student Grants for students who are presenting a paper or poster. Deadline for applications 31 December 2013.

BANEA Student Grants 

SponsorshipBA logo  small 

The Organising Committee is pleased to acknowledge financial support from Beta Analytic Ltd radiocarbon dating laboratory 

Beta Analytic Ltd





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