Recent Lectures and Events

This area comprises details of recent events and lectures that have taken place at the Trust and also an archive list of talks given over the last ten years – please click here to view the full list of talks, betweeen 2004-2014.


The annual Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum council meeting took place at the Trust on Saturday 18th April 2015 and was followed on Sunday 19th by an all-day Workshop in Iranian Studies.


The second ALLCHIN SYMPOSIUM ON SOUTH ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGY, established to commemorate the contribution of Raymond and Bridget Allchin to the development of South Asian studies in the UK,  took place in Cambridge on 5-6 December 2014. The Symposium brought together UK-based scholars working in South Asian archaeology and those researching South Asian history, history of art and architecture, including established lecturers as well as post-doctoral researchers and PhD students.

Following a keynote address  South Asia: Central or Peripheral to the Out of Africa Story by Professor Michael Petraglia (University of Oxford), on Friday 5th December at the McDonald Institute for Archeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge, the symposium took place on Saturday 6th December at the Ancient India and Iran Trust. The closing addresss was given by Professor Robin Coningham (University of Durham).

The full programme can be found on the Symposium website:


The workshop BACTRIA AND THE TRANSITION TO ISLAM took place at the Ancient India and Iran trust 10-11 May 2014 in association with the Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage project, University of Oxford.

During the last couple of years, researchers connected with the Oxford Balkh project ( have been researching the history of Balkh in the early Islamic era on the basis of archaeological and textual sources. At the same time, other scholars and teams have been studying an ever-increasing quantity of manuscripts, coins, pottery and other materials from pre-Islamic and early Islamic Bactria. These materials include texts in several languages: Arabic, Bactrian, Chinese and others. The translation of these texts and the analysis of these materials is shedding new light on the history of this important region in a period of transition. The aim of this seminar brought together the various groups of researchers interested in the history and culture of the period immediately before and after the Arab conquest and to discover whether their results are compatible and mutually illuminating.

Speakers included: Arezou Azad, François de Blois, Joe Cribb, Frantz Grenet, Stefan Heidemann, Edmund Herzig, Hugh Kennedy, Geoffrey Khan, Shaul Shaked, Nicholas Sims-Williams.



Easter Term Lectures

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April 24th: Dr. Margaret Cone, Darwin College Cambridge: The Joys and Sorrows of Pali


May 8th: John Falconer, Curator of Visual Arts, British Library: Photography and the Archaeological Survey of India 1855-1900


June 5th: Rosemary Crill, Senior Curator, Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum: The Fabric of India


Lent Term Lectures


January 23rd: Gábor Kósa: Judgement after death: the Manichaean Cosmology painting.


February 6th: Special event for Friends of the Trust; Sam Lieu, Macquarie University, Sydney (AIIT Trustee): Between Parthia and Rome – Palmyra and Dura Europos


February 20th: Vesta Curtis, British Museum: The power and purpose of iconography in ancient Iran


March 6th: François de Blois, University College London: Sasanian royalist ideology and Zoroastrian millennialism