The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

10 Jan 16:00

Whereto West Asian Archaeology. Inaugural lecture J. Eidem at UvA

Prof. dr J. Eidem

Auditorium UvA


On Thursday 10 January 2013 at 16.00 hrs
Professor dr. J. Eidem, appointed as Special Professor of West Asian Archaeology
through the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO),
will deliver his Inaugural Lecture with the title:

Whereto West Asian Archaeology

Prof. dr. D.C. van den Boom, Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam,
requests the pleasure of your company in the Auditorium of the University
(entrance Singel 411, corner Spui).


Western Asia denotes a vast geographical space between the eastern Mediterranean and the Indus River, including the so-called "Middle" - or "Near East". It was within this region that the first farmers lived, the first real cities were built, and writing was invented. The archaeology of Western Asia is therfore of immense importance, not only as illuminating the history of the modern countries of that region, but as true World history. The lecture will focus on this importance of the field, reflecting on its past, present, and future, as well as provide some examples of its results.