The Near East (modern Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey) and Egypt constitute a region of enormous culture-historical significance, and a cradle of civilization from Prehistory up to the Early Medieval period. Various key developments, such as the origins of farming and sedentary life, and the emergence of complex urbanised societies and writing, occurred first in this region and spread subsequently. Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East Master programme Egyptian archaeology
In January 2014 the first season will take place of a new research project from the Faculty of Archaeology in Oman.
The Late Neolithic period in Upper Mesopotamia is hot.
Olivier Nieuwenhuyse , member of the Faculty of Archaeology, was successful in receiving a grant from the Bijvanck Foundation for a first campaign of work at Tell Begum, northern Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan). A small international team directed by Olivier Nieuwenhuyse in a joint effort with the Directorate General of Antiquities and Heritage shall be in the field a few weeks later this summer to explore the potential for a more substantial project at this intriguing prehistoric site and to develop local partnerships. The site lies within the area of the Shahrizor Survey Project .