Lecture by Vesta Curtis, Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge, Friday 20th February, 5.30pm

Friday 20th February, 5.30pm at the Ancient India & Iran Trust, Cambridge

Vesta Curtis, British Museum

The power and purpose of iconography in Ancient Iran

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is Curator of Middle Eastern Coins at the British Museum. She is responsible for the Museum’s collection of pre-Islamic Iranian coins (from the third century BC until the middle of the seventh century AD), which includes both Parthian period and Sasanian coins. She is Joint Director of the International Parthian Coin Project, The Sylloge Nummorum Parthicorum (SNP), and Joint Editor of the SNP series. She was involved in The Sasanian Coin Project, a collaborative project with the National Museum of Iran in Tehran (now successfully completed) and is the author, editor and co-author of many publications, including Persian Love Poetry, The Sasanian Era, The Rise of Islam, From Persepolis to the Punjab and The Age of the Parthians.

All welcome. Refreshments from 5pm.

Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841
E-mail: info@indiran.org

Cambridge Lecture Series in Islamic Art, Pembroke College Cambridge, 10 February 5.30pm

The inaugural talk of the Cambridge lecture series in Islamic Art will be held today, 10 February 2015 at 5:30 in the Nihon Room in Pembroke College, Cambridge, followed by a reception.
The speaker is Prof. Doris Behrens-Abouseif of LSOAS.
The title of her lecture is “Mamluk diplomacy: shared material culture and self-image”

All welcome.

Lecture by Dr Gabor Kosa, Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge, Friday 23rd January, 5.30pm

Friday 23rd January, 5.30pm

Gabor Kosa, ELTE University, Budapest

Judgement after Death: the Manichaean cosmology painting

The first part of this talk will explore the role of visuality in Manichaeism, as well as the relationship between Mānī’s Picture-book and the newly identified Chinese ʻCosmology painting’. The second part summarizes the most fundamental Manichaean notions of the post-mortem judgement of the human soul. The third part will offer a novel interpretation of the judgement scene in the Cosmology painting, comparing it with the iconography of the ʻTen Kings of Hell’ tradition.

Dr. Gábor Kósa is currently Eurias Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge. He is a faculty member at the Department of Chinese Studies in the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest.

All welcome. Refreshments from 5pm.

Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841
E-mail: info@indiran.org

British Museum post vacancy – Curator: South Asia

The British Museum invites applications for the post of Curator:         South Asia.  Deadline for applications is noon on 16th February.

Further information can be found here


Cambridge Ancient Near East Seminar Series, Lent Term 2015

Cambridge Ancient Near East Seminar Series, Lent Term 2015
Held on Tuesdays, 17.30-18.30, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3ER


Contact: Dr Yağmur Heffronyh356@cam.ac.uk

Tuesday, January 27th
Dr Christoph Bachhuber, POINT Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
The Presence of a Hittite Past

Tuesday, February 3rd
Prof Haskel Greenfield, Professor of Anthropology, University of Manitoba & Visiting Fellow, McDonald Institute
Early Urban Neighbourhoods in the Southern Levant: The Early Bronze III at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel

Tuesday, February 10th
Dr Wendy Matthews, Lecturer in Archaeology University of Reading
New Insights into Early Sedentism and Resource Management: the Central Zagros Archaeological Project

Tuesday, February 17th
Dr Kathryn Stevens, Lecturer in Classics, University of Durham & Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College Cambridge
Preserving the Past or Predicting the Future? Late Babylonian Scholars and Enūma Anu Enlil

Tuesday, February 24th
Dr Gül Pulhan, Director of Gre Amer Excavations, Turkey
North of the Tur Abdin but Still in the Loop: Excavations at Gre Amer,Garzan

Tuesday, March 3rd
Dr Ulf-Dietrich Schoop, Lecturer in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
The Role of Technology in Chalcholithic Anatolia

All welcome!


AIIT Lecture Programme – Lent Term 2015



 23 January: Gabor Kosa, ELTE University (Budapest)

Judgement after death: the Manichaean cosmology painting


6 February: Special Talk for Friends of AIIT

Sam Lieu, Macquarie University (Australia)

Between Parthia and Rome – Palmyra and Dura Europos

(This event is open to Friends of the Trust only: please book in advance. To book or to become a Friend, please contact the Administrator on info@indiran.org or 01223 356841.)


20 February: Vesta Curtis, British Museum

The power and purpose of iconography in ancient Iran


6 March: François de Blois, University College, London

Sasanian royalist ideology and Zoroastrian millennialism

All welcome.  Lectures begin promptly at 5.30pm.                      (Refreshments from 5pm)


CONFERENCE: From Timur to Nadir Shah: Cultural Connections between Iran, India and Central Asia – 15-17 December 2014, Pembroke College, Cambridge

The British Institute of Persian Studies  conference “From Timur to Nadir Shah: cultural connections between Iran, India and Central Asia”, will be held at Pembroke College, Cambridge, 15-17 December 2014. The conference is organised by Professor Charles Melville under the auspices of the BIPS research programme “Empire and authority in the Persianate world” and brings together a range of international  speakers to explore aspects of the diplomatic, literary, artistic and religious interactions between Iran, India and Central Asia in the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.

The programme, comprising 22 presentations spread over two and a half days, can be found here: http://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/news/from-timur-to-nadir-shah . Registration, speakers, and their abstracts can be found here: http://bips.ac.uk/from-timur-to-nadir-shah/.


Allchin Memoirs Review in Antiquity Journal, December 2014

Raymond and Bridget Allchin’s early memoirs, From Oxus to Mysore in 1951: the start of a great partnership in Indian scholarship, have been reviewed in the New Book Chronicle in the new issue of Antiquity (December 2014, vol. 88, issue 342).

The NBC is free to read online and can be found at http://antiquity.ac.uk/Ant/088/1351/ant0881351.pdf .

The issue is now published online (see http://antiquity.ac.uk) and in print.

Publication details:

the Oxus to Mysore in 1951: the start of a great
partnership in Indian scholarship. xx+316 pages,
31 b&w illustrations. 2012. Kilkerran: Hardinge
Simpole; 978-1-84382-221-9 paperback £14.95.

Michael Petraglia: “South Asia: Central or Peripheral to the Out of Africa Story”, 5th December, 5.30pm

Friday 5th December, 5.30pm

Professor Michael Petraglia
Co-Director of the Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art & Culture, University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow, Linacre College

will speak on

South Asia: Central or Peripheral to the Out of Africa Story

at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3ER

All welcome.

This is the keynote lecture of the annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology which continues the following day at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge.
For more information, please see: http://southasianarchaeology.wordpress.com/

Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Afghanistan, Friday 28 November, 5.30pm, AIIT, Cambridge

Fri 28th November, 5.30pm

Razia Sultanova will screen and discuss her film

Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Afghanistan

For the last thirty years the on-going war in Afghanistan has thrown the country into a deep economic, social and cultural crisis. Since the 1970s the country has lived through a number of invasions and conflicts which have brought chaos and turmoil to the daily life of its people. Afghan society is multi-ethnic in its nature: the aim of this 34 minutes film, based on Dr Sultanova’s original video recordings from Northern Afghanistan, is to demonstrate the authenticity as well as the historical development of the phenomenon of music within the Uzbek communities, featuring acclaimed musicians such as Usto Kamolliddin, Tadj Muhammad, Sabzygul and others.

Dr Razia Sultanova is the Director of the Centre for Central Asian Music at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge. A graduate of the Uzbek State Conservatory and the Moscow State Conservatory, she has taught musicology and ethnomusicology at the Uzbek State Conservatory, Moscow State Conservatory, University of London ( at Goldsmiths College and at SOAS), and currently at Cambridge University. She is an expert on Central Asian musical traditions in theory and practice and over the last twenty years she has been conducting intensive fieldwork in all of the Central Asian republics, Caucasus, Afghanistan, Turkey, publishing articles in English, German, French, Chinese, Russian and Uzbek. Her performing repertoire focuses on Uzbek female folk music traditions.

Ancient India and Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue
Cambridge CB2 8BG
Tel: 01223 356841

Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome