First NINO Annual Meeting
Meeting for researchers and advanced students in the field of the Ancient Near East in the Netherlands.
The first NINO Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday 31 January in Groningen. The meeting will be organized in cooperation with yearly alternating host universities, in 2019 with Groningen University.
The programme includes four keynote lectures, several short presentations on current or planned projects and the announcement of the NINO Thesis Prize winners.
Keynote lecturers and ACASA researchers Kristin Kleber and Fokke Gerritsen will give an update their research.
Keynote lecture by Kristin Kleber
King Croesus’ Gold Revisited. Evidence for the Parting of Gold and Silver from Second and First Millennium Mesopotamia and Egypt
In their fascinating study of the gold refinery at Sardis, A. Ramage and P.T. Craddock (King Croesus' gold: Excavations at Sardis and the History of Gold Refining (Archaeological exploration of Sardis 11), Cambridge Mass., 2000). attributed the inception of the technique of parting, viz. the separation of gold from its silver content, to the Lydians. Yet, technical developments do not always originate in the place where modern archaeology noticed them first. In this paper I will demonstrate that parting by cementation has a much longer history. It was practiced in Mesopotamia and Egypt throughout the second and first millennia BC. Consequently, the hypothesis that coinage instigated the fabrication of pure gold cannot be upheld. I will furthermore suggest that in first millennium Babylonia a system of gold-silver rates was used to indicate fineness, and that goldsmiths and merchants, before they bought gold on the market, were able to determine its fineness to a satisfactory degree of precision by means of a touchstone.
Keynote lecture by Fokke Gerritsen
Anatolian farmers on the move. Developing approaches to prehistoric mobility
Barcın Höyük is a pioneer farming settlement in northwestern Anatolia, recently excavated by the Netherlands Institute in Turkey. This lecture will discuss ongoing research on the initial Neolithization of this region and will attempt to explore the significance of mobility and migration in the appearance of farming communities.