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Leiden-Aramco Lecture on Ancient Arabian Civilization | Speaker: Laïla Nehmé (10 December 2015)

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Thu 10 December 2015 | Leiden-Aramco Lecture on Ancient Arabian Civilization | Speaker: Laïla Nehmé

On Thursday 10 December 2015, Laïla Nehmé (French National Centre for Scientific Research) will deliver the Leiden-Aramco Lecture on Ancient Arabian Civilization entitled: "The Nabataeans in the Arabian Peninsula: An Overview". Time: 16.15 hours. Venue: Small Auditorium, Academy Building (Rapenburg 73, Leiden). The lecture will be followed by drinks.

About the lecture

Laïla Nehmé

This lecture will present, for the first time extensively, what we know of the Nabataean presence in the Arabian Peninsula, based on the literary, archaeological and epigraphic sources. The traces the Nabataeans left will be examined in the context of the trans-Arabian incense trade in order to reassess their involvement in the latter. The speaker will take into account the most recent discoveries related to contacts between the Nabataeans and South Arabia and will focus on the results of the currently ongoing excavation projects in several oases of the north-western part of the Peninsula, where the Nabataeans exerted political control.

About Laïla Nehmé

Laïla Nehmé is a French archaeologist and epigraphist. She is a senior research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, UMR 8167) in Paris. She has been working in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years (Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia). Laïla Nehmé has been the director (2000-2006) and is now the co-director (2008-2015) of the Saudi-French Archaeological Project at Madain Salih, ancient Hegra. Her field of research is Nabataean studies in general, with a particular interest for themes such as religion and urban space, and a specialisation in Nabataean epigraphy. She has recently published the first volume of the Archaeological and epigraphic Atlas of Petra (Petra, 2012), a two volume monography on the Nabataean Tombs of Hegra (Paris, 2015), and is the author of many contributions on Nabataean archeology and epigraphy.


The lecture will take place on 10 December, starting at 16.15 hours in the Small Auditorium of the Academy Building in Leiden (Rapenburg 73).

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Leiden-Aramco Lectures on Ancient Arabian Civilization
Leiden University would like to thank Aramco, a world leader in integrated energy, for supporting the Leiden-Aramco Lecture series, as part of its commitment to citizenship.

The first lecture in this series was the lecture by Michael Macdonald: "Ancient Arabia: Forgotten Civilizations at the Heart of the Ancient Near East", which took place on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

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