The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

1 Nov 2014 Symposium

NINO-75-Jubilee Conference “ZAGROS”

1 December 2014: one-day conference on the Zagros region in northern Iraq.

The year 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO). Among the activities to celebrate this is a mini-conference focused on the current main research project conducted by NINO, in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. The conference gathers a small group of Dutch and foreign experts and aims at addressing broader issues of ancient Zagros society.

Researchers and students of Archaeology of the Near East or related subjects are welcome to join us! Entrance fee € 10; please register before 26 November with
The entrance fee includes attendance, coffee and tea, but not lunch and drinks at the end of the programme.


9.15-9.30 Welcome
9.30-10.00 Kamal Rashid Raheem, Recent Archaeological Activity in the Iraqi Zagros
10.00-10.30 R. Cappers, Barley and wheat: food or fodder?
10.30-11.00 R. and W. Matthews, Long-term human-environment interactions in the Neolithic of the Central Zagros, 10,000-6000 BC
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.00 O. Nieuwenhuyse and B. Robert, Reassessing the Hassuna-Samarra period in Iraqi Kurdistan
12.00-12.30 T. Skuldbøl, Urban trajectories and dynamics of complexity in the Upper Mesopotamia: a view from the Zagros foothills
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-14.30 M. Merlino, Continuity or change? The site of Bardastee (Iraq) as a case study in the transition between fourth and third millennium BC
14.30-15.00 C. Kepinski, Permeability and Resilience between Zagros foothills and Mesopotamia: the case of Kunara in the Upper Tanjaro at the end of the third millennium BC
15.00-15.30 J. Eidem, Models of Proto-historic Zagros Societies
15.30-16.00 Coffee break 
16.00-16.30 U. Bürger, Cultural entanglement between Zagros highlands and Mesopotamian lowlands: The case study of Bakr Awa in the Middle Bronze Age
16.30-17.00 Dlshad Marf Zamua, Looking for the deified and sacred mountains in the Zagros
17.00-17.30 L. de Jong, Imperial landscapes in the Erbil Plain: the Hellenistic and Parthian/Roman periods
17.30-18.30 Drinks