2. From the Prehistory of Upper Mesopotamia to the Bronze and Iron Age Societies of the Levant. Volume 1


Iamoni Marco, Rebaudo Ludovico, Zanini Franco


Iamoni Marco


The Neolithic-Chalcolithic transition in Upper Mesopotamia.
Subsistence strategies, economy, society and identity

Frangipane Marcella

Changes in Upper Mesopotamian societies from the Halaf to the Late Chalcolithic period. A comparative analysis of different Neolithic and Chalcolithic developmental models in the Near East

Taranto Sergio

The role of the husking tray in the late Neolithic communities of Northern Mesopotamia. A first experimental analysis

Benitti Carlo

The Halaf tradition in Upper Mesopotamia: some questions about socio-economic background and identity

Breu Adriá, Gómez Anna, Faura Josep-Miquel, Rosell-melé Antoni, Molist Miquel

Insights into the use of late Halaf vessels. Organic residues in pottery from Tell Halula (Syria)

Baldi Johnny Samuele

Evolution as a way of intertwining: regional approach and new data on the Halaf-Ubaid transition in Northern Mesopotamia

Iamoni Marco

The social landscape of Upper Mesopotamia: a preliminary overview of the Late Chalcolithic evidence from the Eastern Upper Tigris region

Vacca Agnese, Moscone Daniele, Rosati Paolo

Managing survey data from Helawa, Erbil Plain (Kurdistan Region of Iraq)

Prezioso Emanuele

Cognitive Archaeology and the ‘Ancient Mind’: Mesopotamian motifs in the formation of Egyptian elites in the fourth millennium

Da Silva Ferreira Nelson Henrique

Herding and farming symbiosis: a dialogic exercise on the manifestation of a universal topos in Sumerian and Roman primary cultures

The Levant in the Bronze and Iron Age:
crossroad or frontier between different cultures?

Maeir Aren M.

A ‘Repertoire of Otherness’? Identities in early Iron Age Philistia

Caselli Alessandra

Cult and ritual in Early Bronze Age I Southern Levant: fragmented or connected landscape?

Avrutis Vladimir Wolff

Imported artefacts from an Early Bronze Age I burial ground at Nesher-Ramla Quarry (el‑Khirbe). Two cases of interregional goods’ transitions

D’Andrea Marta

Ebla and the South: reconsidering inter-regional connections during Early Bronze IV

Calabrese Agata Maria Catena

The ancestor worship in the third millennium BCE

Kallas Nathalie

Distinction and affinity. The dualism of foreign features in the MBA Levantine palatial architecture

Puljiz Ivana

Gold jewellery as a marker of cultural interaction in Middle Bronze Age Qaṭna

Spinazzi-Lucchesi Chiara

A reassessment of spinning bowls: new evidence from Egypt and Levant

Turri Luigi

Geopolitics of the Orontes valley in the Late Bronze Age

De Pietri Marco

From Thebes to Arslantaş: ivory iconography through Egypt, Ugarit, Byblos and Megiddo

Álvarez García Juan

Transmission and reception of Babylonian knowledge in Ugarit. A preliminary study

Montesanto Mariacarmela

More than a pile of sherds: functional analysis and social behaviour during Iron Age Alalakh


This volume contains 21 papers presented at Sessions 1 (The Neolithic–Chalcolithic transition in Upper Mesopotamia. Subsistence strategies, economy, society and identity; key note speaker M. Frangipane) and 2 (The Levant in the Bronze Age: crossroad or frontier between different cultures?; key note speaker A. Maeir) of the 5th edition of the “Broadening Horizons” Conference, which was held at the University of Udine from 5th to 8th June 2017. Broadening Horizons is an international meeting that aims to offer an opportunity for relatively informal discussion, especially (though not exclusively) for young/early career archaeologists specialized in the ancient Near East and disciplines relevant to the main theme of each congress session. All the papers have passed a double blind peer-review process and provide significant contributions on a number of topics – among which material culture (e.g. pottery tradition and architecture), settlement pattern, social changes, cultural transmission and economic dynamics – that are of fundamental importance for the archaeology of Mesopotamia and the Levant.

Marco Iamoni is a research fellow at the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage of the University of Udine. He has been working in the Middle East since 1999, with excavations and surveys conducted in Syria (in particular at Qatna and Palmyra), Oman, Lebanon and Iraq (Kurdistan Region). He has authored several scientific works, among which a monograph entitled “The Late MBA and LBA Pottery Horizons at Qatna. Innovation and Conservation in the Ceramic Tradition of a Regional Capital and the Implications for Second Millennium Syrian Chronology” published in 2012 by Forum Editrice as the second volume in the series “Studi Archeologici su Qatna”. He has recently begun two joint research projects in Lebanon (the Northern Lebanon Project) and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (the Asingeran Excavation Project), that involve direct field investigations regarding his two current major research areas: the development of Bronze Age societies in the Levant and Western Syria, and the onset and rapid growth of socio-economic complexity in Upper Mesopotamia.