The first London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East, “Ancient Lives, New Stories. Current Research on the Ancient Near East” will be held at The British Museum (London, United Kingdom) on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018.

The London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East is an opportunity for graduate students and early career researchers to showcase their research at any stage of progress. The primary aim of this event is to create a forum of discussion for emerging scholars and to foster exchanges between the diverse disciplines working on the Ancient Near East, including Archaeology, Assyriology, Anthropology, Historiography, Conservation and Museum Studies.

The conference is open to all interested in knowing more about current research on the Ancient Near East.

The chronological periods under consideration are the Palaeolithic to the Islamic conquest, and the geographical scope, Anatolia to Afghanistan and the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula.

Under the theme Ancient Lives, New Stories, this year’s speakers will present their current work in thematic sessions. Participants are encouraged to reflect on aspects of their research related to topics including but not limited to:

-Private and public life

-Trade and crafts

-Movement and communication

-Environment and subsistence

-Architecture and the household

-Sacred and profane

Abstract submission

Interested individuals are invited to submit an abstract (max. 300 words) by 1st November 2018 using the form available on the Conference website The abstract submission form should be sent to [email protected]

We encourage speakers to consider the following presentation formats: 20-minute paper, 5-minute presentation, poster. Please indicate the format of your presentation in your abstract submission form.

Keynote speakers

Professor Andrew George (SOAS – University of London)

Professor Nicholas Postgate (University of Cambridge)

Registration, contact and further information

Online registration is open from 1st September to 11th November 2018 at

For further information, you can email [email protected]

Follow the Conference updates on Twitter #LPCANE2018 and on our dedicated Facebook page @LPCANE2018conference

Conference Proceedings

The Conference proceedings will be published in the Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA), an open access peer-reviewed journal part of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Please indicate in your abstract submission form if you wish to be considered for publication.