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LECTURE: Recollections of Archaeology in Iran Lecture

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

Wednesday 17 September, 6.30pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

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David Stronach is Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was educated at Gordonstoun and St. John’s College, Cambridge. Between 1957 and 1960 he was a Fellow of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara and of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, during which time he was also an assistant on the excavations of Seton Lloyd, Max Mallowan and Sir Mortimer Wheeler. From 1961 to 1980 he served as the Director of the British Institute of Persian Studies. He has conducted excavations at Ras al ‘Amiya, Pasargadae, Tepe Nush-e Jan, Shahr-e Qumis, Nineveh, and Erebuni. The author of numerous publications, his most recent book, co-edited with Ali Mousavi, is Ancient Iran from the Air (Darmstadt/Mainz, 2012). In 2004 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Archaeological Institute of America for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement.


Against a background of the close cooperation that existed between all the archaeologists who were working in Iran in the 1960s and 1970s, this lecture attempts to describe the activities of various of the British archaeologists who were working in different parts of Iran at this time. Sites of Iron Age to Achaemenid date will be given particular attention.

The lecture will be followed by a short film on the work at Tepe Nush-e Jan that was taken in the field by Ruth Stronach. Filmed at intervals between the first season in 1967 and the fifth and last season in 1977, the film includes detailed views of the steps that were taken to reveal the monumental mud-brick architecture that was encountered at this unusually well-preserved Median site, located 60 km south of Hamadan.

Tickets & info

This event is open to all, but space is limited so please reserve a seat by contacting Tel: 020 3651 2121.

The lecture will start promptly at 6.30pm, so please ensure you arrive in time for the start in order to guarantee your seat.

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Related Book:

by David Stronach & Ali Mousavi (order from amazon)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Philipp von Zabern (April 5, 2012)
ISBN-10: 3805344538
ISBN-13: 978-3805344531


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