“Sea Peoples and neo-Hittites” an ACOR public lecture Tuesday 16 May 2017

Public Lecture Announcement

Sea Peoples and neo-Hittites in the ‘Land of Palistin’

Captured Sea People from Medinet Habu. (Wikimedia Commons)

 Timothy Harrison

Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Toronto
Visiting Professor at the American University of Beirut

Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Reception to Follow


About the lecture:

Recent archaeological investigations and an expanding corpus of epigraphic finds have begun to challenge the prevailing view of the Early Iron Age (ca. 1200–900 BCE) as an era of cultural and political disruption and ethnic strife in the eastern Mediterranean, as depicted in the Homeric epics and the Hebrew Bible.

The University of Toronto excavations at Tell Tayinat on the Plain of Antioch have discovered evidence for a powerful regional state associated with ‘the Land of Palistin’, comprised of an intriguing amalgam of Aegean, Anatolian (Luwian) and Bronze Age West Syrian cultural traditions. Palistin resurfaces in ninth century Neo-Assyrian sources as the Neo-Hittite Kingdom of Patina, and is eventually destroyed in 738 BCE by the Neo-Assyrian empire builder Tiglath-pileser III, who transforms Tayinat into an Assyrian provincial capital.

About the lecturer:

Timothy Harrison is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto.  This year he is also a visiting professor at the American University of Beirut.

Timothy Harrison currently directs the Tayinat Archaeological Project on the Plain of Antioch in southeastern Turkey. He earlier directed excavations at the Bronze and Iron Age site of Tell Madaba in Jordan. He has worked extensively in Jordan and Turkey. His doctoral studies focused on the Early Bronze Age in the Highlands of Central Jordan. He earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Chicago in 1995.

In 2012, he launched the CRANE Project (Computational Research on the Ancient Near East), an international consortium of projects that form part of a broader, regional research effort that seeks to shed light on the rise of early complex societies in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Professor Harrison served as President of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), the leading international professional association dedicated to the study of the cultures and history of the Middle East, between 2008 and 2013.


1 thought on ““Sea Peoples and neo-Hittites” an ACOR public lecture Tuesday 16 May 2017”

  1. Gough Thompson Chairman emeritus ASOR and President emeritus ACOR

    Great Work and interesting topics Did not know Jordan was so far behind re women andj jobs. This program by itself
    is a very valuable contribution to Jordan and control of current Middle Eastern Islamic fundamentalism aas witnessed by current women’s need for head scarfs totally absent when I was ACOR President in the earlier days of ACOR..

    Barbara Porter, you are an inspiration in your role as the ACOR Director. I would like very much to talk with you about
    your valuable work if you are in San Diego/Los Angeles area this year. I am 88. And it it is not easy to travel as it used to be as I would love to visit ACOR in Jordan again


    Gough Thompson 619-742-1590

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