12th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Bologna, 6-10 April 2021



The 12th ICAANE will be carried out both in presence and remotely (only for registered participants) during the week from 6th to 10th April 2021. While we have all experienced in these months considerable restrictions to our professional and personal lives, we believe that, keeping safety as our first and foremost concern, it is important to start to reconnect our scientific community and begin to imagine and reflect together, communicating policies and practices within a changed (and ever more challenging, in the context of the current pandemic) landscape.

On top of the funds collected through fees, we are investing also considerable resources on an advanced technological infrastructure that will allow, in addition to live streaming, also Q&A and private chats (during "coffee breaks" and beyond). Besides the live streaming website and equipment, we are also investing on the open access publication of the proceedings with Harrassowitz. 15 rooms functioning in parallel will allow speakers to present, with copyright protection, their papers to both the in-person and virtual audience of registered participants. Discussions moderated by the session chairperson will be possible (remote questions via chat only). All speakers will be required to send also a video of their presentation as a further precaution against their own possible internet connection failures.

Workshops are confirmed in the schedule within the main themes of the Congress. Posters will be presented into a virtual room and they will be available for download, with a prior registration into the SocArXiv database for intellectual protection. Poster authors will have the possibility to discuss their work with participants within this digital environment. Printed posters may be exhibited as well in addition to the digital version.

By March 5th 2021 at the latest, all participants are kindly requested to: a) update their title and/or abstract if needed; b) let us know if they wish to attend remotely or in person; c) those living outside of Europe should let us know their time preference (morning or afternoon) for their papers, according to their time zone; d) send us a video recording of their 15-minutes paper for backup (extensions: .wmv, .avi, .mov, .mp4) or send us their poster (extensions: .pdf, .jpg, .tiff).

Check the page for the announcements of cash prizes offered to registered participants (note that one of the Ice Prizes goes to a paper not necessarily signed up in the program and which in fact may be written on purpose drawing on published sources). Additional useful information will be uploaded on the website of the Congress in the coming weeks.

All participants that wish to take part to the conference in person will be subject – in addition to the standard control measures foreseen for international travel at the time of COVID – to further precautionary limitations during the conference itself required by health regulations as regard social distancing and reduced capacity of conference rooms (we will strictly follow the guidelines which will be in place in April 2021 at the University of Bologna). The use of a face mask will be mandatory at all times and hand sanitizers will be placed on multiple spots (the use of which is mandatory for speakers immediately before their presentation). The welcome cocktail will be held in an open space with the strict observation of social distancing. Individual food bags will be distributed during coffee breaks, while the social dinner has been cancelled.

We look forward to finally welcoming, either remotely or in person, all participants in Bologna next April and we send you our warmest regards

12th ICAANE Organizing Committee

Pierfrancesco Callieri

Maurizio Cattani

Enrico Cirelli

Antonio Curci

Anna Chiara Fariselli

Henning Franzmeier

Elisabetta Govi

Mattia Guidetti

Francesco Iacono

Simone Mantellini

Gianni Marchesi

Nicolò Marchetti (Chair)

Palmiro Notizia

Adriano V. Rossi

Marco Zecchi


12th ICAANE Scientific Advisory Board

Pascal Butterlin – University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Peter Fischer – University of Gothenburg

Tim Harrison – University of Toronto

Nicolò Marchetti – Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

Wendy Matthews – University of Reading

Adelheid Otto – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Glenn Schwartz – Johns Hopkins University

Ingolf Thuesen – University of Copenhagen


12th ICAANE Unibo Executive Team

Michael Campeggi

 Vittoria Cardini

Francesca Cavaliere

 Silvia Di Cristina

Claudia D'Orazio  

 Valentina Gallerani

Gabriele Giacosa  

 Elena Maini

Valentina Orrù

 Eleonora Mariani

Jacopo Monastero  

 Chiara Mattioli

Giulia Roberto  

 Marco Valeri

Federico Zaina



ICAANE International Committee

Pascal Butterlin – University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Bleda Düring – University of Leiden

Marian Feldman – Johns Hopkins University

Karin Kopetzky – OREA, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Wendy Matthews – University of Reading

Adelheid Otto – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Frances Pinnock – Sapienza University of Rome (Secretary General)

Ingolf Thuesen – University of Copenhagen (Chair)

Cristina Tonghini – Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Honorary Members:

Manfred Bietak – Austrian Academy of Sciences

Hartmut Kühne – Free University of Berlin

Jean-Claude Margueron – École Pratique des Hautes Études

Paolo Matthiae – Sapienza University of Rome

Diederik Meijer – University of Leiden

Alan Walmsley – University of Copenhagen

Irene Winter – Harvard University