• 14th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

  • 14th ICAANE IN LYON - 2-7 June 2025

    The International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East has been organised since 1998 by the scientific community of scholars working on and in the Near East. It is an exceptional forum for dialogue and scientific exchanges between all colleagues involved in the study of the Ancient Near East. 

    After twelve years, the ICAANE comes back to France to the city of lights Lyon. From June 2 to 7 2025, the fourteenth International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East will take place in Lyon. It is organised by the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée.
  • The city of Lyon and the Near East have a long-lasting connection.  Between 170 and 200 CE, Saint Irénée- born in Turkey and appointed bishop of Lyon- was accompanied by a group of scholars and missionaries who brought the good word from the East ‘source de tous les biens’ according to J. Pouilloux (founder of Maison de l’Orient) in his introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition entitled “Dix Années d'archéologie Lyonnaise en Orient”, which took place in Lyon in 1978. This bond has never been broken. In 1975, a group of archaeologists working on the ancient of Near East created the Maison de l’Orient to conduct multidisciplinary research and to develop academic courses at the University Lyon 2. Since then, several research units develop research programmes on the Near East. Archéorient is specialized in the study of archaeology, environment, and texts of Southwest Asia from Prehistoric to Islamic times. ArAr focuses on archaeology and archaeometry while HiSoMA combines both texts and archaeological documentation to study the ancient Mediterranean from the Iron Age to the Medieval times. In addition, a specialised library is regularly sustained by old and recent publications and books regarding the Near East and Mediterranean archaeology. And, several technical platforms in archaeological methods, archives, edition, and computer sciences are associated to the Maison de l’Orient. Along with the research units, The University Lyon 2 proposes a bachelor degree in archaeology and History of Arts with several courses on the ancient Near East. The faculty ‘Temps et territoires’ offers three Master degrees specialized on the archaeology of Ancient East and the Mediterranean along with two intensive programs on Egyptology and Assyriology. 
    The 14th ICAANE Lyon proposes eight thematic sessions covering interdisciplinary research and new approaches of the archaeology of the Ancient Near East, from Prehistoric to Islamic times.
    • Advances in Near Eastern Archaeology
    • Natural resources and anthropised landscapes
    • Heritage and archaeology
    • The materiality of inscribed and figurative objects
    • Neolithic paths
    • Life and death: Human behaviour and practices
    • Characterizing culture?
    • Islamic archaeology
    The Organising Committee of the 14th ICAANE warmly invites scholars working on subjects related to Near Eastern Archaeology to take part in the forthcoming event. We encourage early Career Researchers and PHD students to participate.
    Let us hope that our next Meeting will take place in a peaceful world.
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    31 June


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  • Logo and banner

  • The Logo and the banner proposed together to reflect about the archaeological sciences conducted in Maison de l’Orient et la Méditerranée (MOM) and University Lyon 2.
    The logo has several elements combining the ancient Near East and the city of Lyon.
    • Near Eastern Archaeology: The image is based on the Assyrian relief from facade M of the Khorsabad palace in Mesopotamia ( in Modern Iraq). It depicts a hero- which may refer to the legendary king Gilgamesh- overpowering a lion in an Assyrian style with the curly hair and beard and the bracelets. It is currently exhibited at the Musée du Louvre (AO 19861)- reign of Sargon (721-705 BCE), Botta excavations (1843-1844). Under the 14th ICAANE, the blue waves represent water courses of the two rivers (Euphrates and Tigris) of Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean sea. 
    • Lyon: In parallel, the lion has been the symbol of the city of Lyon through its ancient history since it was the ancient capital of the Gauls – Lugdunum and through times. A white lion was represented as part of blazon on the coat of arms of Lyon created in 1320. A different version of this lion can still be seen today on the Lyon logo’s and everywhere in the city. In the 14th ICANNE’s logo, the waves show similarities with the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers in Lyon. https://www.lyon.fr/  https://www.onlylyon.com/
    • In addition, the banner illustrates real archaeologists of the Maison de l’Orient working on different Near Eastern excavation sites: Francis Hours, Jacques Cauvin, Jean Pouilloux, Margerite Yon, Olivier Aurenche…  These painted canvases, done in pastel tones were produced in 2000 by the “Cité de la Création”- experts from Lyon in monumental mural designs and creator of “trompe-l’oeil”. These aquarelle paintings decorate the facade glass of the ground floor of the MOM library building.
    The link with Lyon along with the scientific communities based in Lyon and working on the archaeology of ancient Near East, prompted our wish to host the 14th ICAANE in Lyon.
  • EVENT PLANNER - Registration
    26, avenue Jean Kuntzmann - 38330 Montbonnot, France
    Tel: +33 825 595 525 (0,15€/min*)
    Information desk: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00
    Université Lyon 2
    Maison de l’Orient
    (*) Prices starting from fixed line incumbent, a surcharge may be applied by operators, counting the second after the first 45 seconds.

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