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News and general thoughts

Between the 25th and 29th of April 2016 the 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE)is held in Vienna, Austria. There is a section called “Images in Context: Agency, Audiences & Perception” where I will present a talk about Architectural Reconstructions as a scientific tool. You can find the program and abstracts on the official website.

If you are following us and going to the ICAANE this year, I would be glad if you come by and say hello.

Some folks over at turned one of our graphics, the childrens illustration of an excavation, into an interactive graphic, where you can click on the different people and get their job on the excavation. We are not sure whom to thank for that, but here it is:

Until the 20th of April 2015, you will be able to watch a TV documentary of the German TV station ARD. The documentary offers an insight over the art trade that is dealing with Syrian artefacts that finance directly the terrorist group of ISIS. The documentary shows the work of Syrian archaeologist Cheikhmous Ali as well as the efforts done by the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation. Also, you’ll get a glimpse of the now closed Baghdad Museum! The documentary is a must-see for everyone interested in Archaeology and the Near East. Unfortunately, it is only available in German.

You’ll find the video here.

Besides our animations during the exhibition “Uruk – 5000 years of megacity”, there was also one made by the “Deutsche Luft- und Raumfahrtgesellschaft” (DLR). We provided the models and the DLR created a flight through space down to Iraq and into Uruk, during the Seleucid Period. You can find the animation and a comprehensive description in the link below.

Animation @ DLR

This post is about the marvellous rock paintings of the Latmos Mountains, the range in western Turkey today known as Beşparmak. These prehistoric paintings (6th-5th mill. BCE) have the human being as part of a society as the main subject and are unique. Harald Hauptmann described the paintings as follows:

The singular pictorial language of Latmic rock art represents a new world of religious symbols of a society that had become settled and lived increasingly from farming and stock-breeding. This new form of life which spread from the mountainous periphery of the Fertile Crescent, the southern Levant and Upper Mesopotamia through Central Anatolia to the West in the Aegean to Europe, found its special expression in the Latmic rock pictures quite unlike anywhere else in Anatolia.

Unfortunately, the rock paintings are threatened with destruction by the constant expansion of stone quarries in this area. This exploitation has increased dramatically in recent times, so that now not only parts of the wonderful pine forests and fascinating rocky landscape have been damaged, but also sites of rock paintings are endangered too.

You can help to make the Turkish government aware of the situation. There is a petition at where you can sign and help with the rescue of the Latmos Mountains. We totally support this matter as the Latmic rock paintings are endangered and need to be protected. Furthermore, we know the people behind the petition and can attest there seriousness and dedication. If you are interested, you can learn everything about the rock paintings on the official website, before you sign the petition.

Official website: petition:

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