GHENT UNIVERSITY

and

THE ROYAL MUSEUMS FOR ART AND HISTORY, BRUSSELS

together with the

IRAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION, LONDON

have the honour to inform you of the organisation of an

"International Congress" on

"THE IRON AGE IN THE IRANIAN WORLD"

at Ghent, in the second half of November 2003

The Iron Age in the Iranian world lasted almost 1000 years and its origins and chronology are still a matter of debate. This congress intends to bring scholars from worldwide together in an attempt to raise ideas and perspectives and eventually solve problems dealing with the Iron Age in the Iranian world.

The focus will be on the pre-Achaemenid period and the themes covered by the Congress include the origins and developments of the Iron Age, the Medio- and Neo-Elamite periods, the Luristan Bronzes, the Urartian presence in Iran, the Medes and the transition to the Achaemenid period Ö Different themes can be adressed as well, from methodology, typology and chronology Ö to production techniques Ö or language and historical issues. Papers/posters on Iron Age Caucasus, Anatolia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Persian Gulf area and Mesopotamia and their relations with the Iranian world can be considered as well.

Graduate students are equally welcome to present a paper/poster.

This three to four day Congress will take place at Ghent University, in the centre of the historical city of Ghent, East Flanders.

Participants are invited to submit their intention to participate before the end of December 2001. The title of the paper and an abstract will be requested at a later stage. Posters are possible.

Further informations on accomodation, participation fee, the program and other matters, such as publication of the contributions, will be provided as soon as we have a clear idea of the number of participants.
Please, provide also your contact address (full private and institutional address, with mention of phone or faxn_), both for snail mail and/or for e-mail.

Please reply to: ernie.haerinck@rug.ac.be

Or write to: Prof. Dr. E.Haerinck / Near Eastern Art and Archaeology / Ghent University/ Sint-Pietersplein 6 / B-9000 Ghent / Belgium. (tel. 00.32.(0)9.264.41.33 / fax: 00.32.(0)9.264.42.71)