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International Engagement

2nd December 2014

New discoveries are exciting, but they take on real meaning when shared. While we post on Facebook for everyone, informing and engaging with other experts is of course essential for correct interpretation of the raw results. Chicago, London, Basel, Michigan and San Diego have all been recent venues for lectures and other communications on Tell Khaiber. Experts in Old Babylonian iconography, ceramics, language and other fields have given valuable feedback. Everyone expresses delight that excavation work is now established in southern Iraq again, and we hope this will have the effect of bringing more projects into the important area around Ur.

We were especially pleased to give the annual lecture for the British Institute for the Study of Iraq which has supported the project from its inception, and to give a keynote address at the meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research annual gathering, an annual event which attracts nearly one thousand participants. The opportunity to meet with colleagues at the Universities of Chicago and Michigan, and with practitioners from all over the world at the biennial International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, held this year in Switzerland, has contributed to our growing understanding of what lies beneath Tell Khaiber.

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