4. Interactions and New Directions in Near Eastern Archaeology. Volume 3


Iamoni Marco, Rebaudo Ludovico Dino, Zanini Franco


Coppini Costanza, Simi Francesca


Civilizations in contact: current research and new approaches in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology

Rova Elena

How wide is the Near East? Some reflections on the limits of “Near Eastern Archaeology”

Barbiero Beatrice

A territorial model of animal husbandry for the southern Caucasus: some preliminary results

Casadei Eloisa

The pottery repertoire at the end of the third millennium BC as chronological marker between southern Mesopotamia and the neighbouring regions. The case-study of the Syrian Jazirah

Chelazzi Francesca, Bonzano Simone

Thinking data. Integrative big data approaches towards an ‘introspective’ digital archaeology in the ancient Mediterranean

Cioé Francesca, Merlonghi Marzia

The Crisis Areas Archaeological Database (CAAD): a WebGIS for monitoring and safeguarding archaeological heritage

Coppini Costanza

Settling the land: settlements pattern and ceramics in the land behind Nineveh from the Middle Bronze Age to the establishment of the Middle Assyrian State

Crescioli Lorenzo

‘Living burials’: reopening actions in kurgans and tombs between Central Europe and the Eurasian Steppe

Dall’armellina Vittoria

From the Caspian to the Aegean, from the Caucasus to the Carpathians. The circulation of the “long-sword” in the second millennium BC

Dallai Margherita

The vaulted funerary hypogea in Mesopotamia between the second and first millennium BC: localization and architectural features

Fascitiello Maurizio

Rotary querns from Tell Barri (Syria): chronology, use and function

Hadipour Moradi Soheila

Globalization in zoomorphic motifs during Iron Age in Iran and its neighbour

Oselini Valentina

Defining the MB-LB transition in northern Mesopotamia: some archaeological considerations on the new data from the Erbil Plain and neighbouring regions

Ricetti Melissa

Matching Near Eastern seals and sealings: current issues and new perspectives

Russo Sergio Giuseppe

Connecting cultures, dividing countries: a preliminary assessment of the Khabur Ware from Girnavaz Höyük, Southeastern Turkey

Schmitt Kathrin

(Hi)storytelling: the ancient Near East in western historical novels and archaeological writing

Simi Francesca

The Tell Gomel archaeological survey. Preliminary results of the 2015-2016 campaigns

Canci Alessandro, Qasim Hasan Ahmed

The human burials from Şinduxa (Iraqi Kurdistan). A bioarchaeological and archaeothanatological approach

Marine connections: the Gulf and the interactions between the Arabian Peninsula,
Mesopotamia, the Iranian world and beyond

Cattani Maurizio

Adaptation and transformation of human setting from Middle Holocene to Early Bronze Age in south-eastern Arabian Peninsula

Ghiro Massimiliano, Cocca Enzo, Laurenza Sabatino

A transitional model between Umm An-Nar and Hafit cultures: the case study of Grave 4 of Al Arid

Laurenza Sabatino, Bianchi Marco, Di Michele Antonio

Graves, distribution and social memory: towards a new definition of funerary landscape in Oman

Lischi Silvia

Decorated shell discs from Sumhuram, Oman

Nicosia Mara

Christianity in the Gulf: vestiges of the East Syrian presence in late antiquity

Preston Eleanor Lucy

The Ubaid in the Gulf: compositional analysis of ceramic material (sixth‑fifth millennium BC)

Putzolu Cristiano, Baione Carlo, Cocca Enzo, Laurenza Sabatino

Rescue archaeology in the sultanate of Oman: methods and solution strategies


Interactions and New Directions in Near Eastern Archaeology is the third volume of the Proceedings of the 5th Broadening Horizons International Conference that was held at the University of Udine from 5th to 8th June 2017. Broadening Horizons aims to be an international platform for postgraduate students and early-career researchers in the wide Near Eastern archaeology field. The main topic of the conference Civilizations in Contact served to emphasize the importance of cross-cultural interactions in the Near East over time. In particular, the present volume is devoted to the papers from Session 7, “Civilizations in contact: current research and new approaches in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology”, and Session 6, “Marine connections: the Gulf and the interactions between the Arabian Peninsula, Mesopotamia, the Iranian world and beyond”. The volume contains 24 peer-reviewed papers divided into two parts, introduced by the two key-lectures which were given by Elena Rova and Maurizio Cattani. These proceedings give a vivid picture of the exchanges and interactions that occurred during the presentation and debate of specialist papers in Udine at the conference. The diversity in terms of geographical environments, historical periods, and topics in Near Eastern archaeology stands out among the contributions published here. This collection of papers by a new generation of young scholars offers fresh and novel approaches to complex archaeological topics.

Costanza Coppini is a White-Levy fellow at the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin, leading a project about the Middle and Late Bronze Age pottery and settlements in Northern Mesopotamia. She is a member of the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project (LoNAP), where she is in charge of the study and publication of second millennium pottery and takes part in the excavation at Gir-e Gomel (KIGAP). Her primary research field concerns the archaeology of the ancient Near East with a specialization in second millennium BC pottery and settlements. In relation to this topic she is involved in the study and publication of the pottery from the excavations at Tell Barri (Missione Archeologica Italiana a Tell Barri, Siria) and Tell Fekheriye (Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin). She currently collaborates with other archaeological projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and has been involved in excavation projects in Italy and Syria. Besides these she participates in projects dealing with cultural heritage preservation.

Francesca Simi is a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Oxford. She works for the Endangered Archaeology in Middle East and North Africa project (EAMENA) at Oxford and is a senior member of the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project (LoNAP). Her primary research field lies in the archaeology of the ancient Near East with a specialization in landscape archaeology. Her interests focus on the reconstruction of long-term population and land-use dynamics in Upper Mesopotamia by means of field survey, remote sensing techniques and GIS methods. She has been involved in several survey and excavation projects in Italy, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – KRG, she directed the Tell Gomel Archaeological Survey (TGAS).