At the Northern Frontier of Near Eastern Archaeology: Recent Research on Caucasia and  Anatolia in the Bronze Age/An der Nordgrenze der vorderasiatischen Archäologie: Neue Forschung über Kaukasien und Anatolien in der Bronzezeit


Wednesday, January 9th

h 9.00-10.30: Welcome Speeches

Carlo Carraro (Rector of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice)

Paolo Eleuteri (Humboldtian, Director of the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Ca’ Foscari
University, Venice – Italy)

Paola Nardini (Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany)

Giacomo De Angelis (Humboldtian, Representative of the Italian Humboldt Association)

Elena Rova (Humboldtian, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Italy)

h 10.30-11.00 Coffee break

SESSION 1: Opening Lectures

Chairman: W. Orthmann

h 11.00 Maurizio Tosi (Humboldtian, University of Bologna – Italy)
            Home of Conflicting Diversities: Considerations on the Caucasus at the Hinge of

h 11.30 Evgenii N. Chernykh (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow – Russia)
            Caucasus as the Bridge Between the Settled Farming and the Pastoral Worlds

h 12.00 Harald Hauptmann (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften – Germany)
            Die Region am Oberen Euphrat in der Bronzezeit

h 12.30 Mirjo Salvini (Humboldtian, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome – Italy)
            Aufstieg und Fall des Staates Urartu. Mit einem Exkurs über Hattusili I. und die

h 13.00 -14.15 Lunch break at the Pier Dickens Inn’ Restaurant

h 14.15-14.45 Guided tour to the Ca’ Foscari Palace

SESSION 2: The Late Chalcolithic and the Transition to the Early Bronze Age

Chairman: M. Frangipane

h 15.00 Yuri Y. Rassamakin (Humboldtian, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine –
            the Maikop-Novosvobodnaia Culture Development (the Second Half of the 4th The
            Latest Eneolithic – Early Bronze Age of the Black Sea Steppe in the Context of
            Millennium BC)

h 15.25 Svend Hansen (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Germany)
            The Majkop Culture in the Northern Caucasus

h 15.50 Sergej N. Korenevskiy (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moskow – Russia)
            Burials of the Military Elite of the Maikop Culture and the Symbolic Meaning of
            Gold and Precious Stones

h 16.15-16.45 Coffee break

SESSION 2 (continued): The Late Chalcolithic and the Transition to the Early Bronze Age

Chairman: Bertille Lyonnet (Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques, Paris – France)

h 16.45 Barbara Helwing (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Germany)
            Networks of Craft and Materials in the Chalcolithic: a Comparison of Metallurgical
            Evidence from Iran and the Southern Caucasus

h 17.10 Alexey Rezepkin (Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg – Russia)
            Influence of the Near East on the Formation of the Early Bronze Age in the North

h 17.35 Marcella Frangipane (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ – Italy)
            The Collapse of the LC Centralisation and the Rise of New Socio-political Relations
            in the Upper Euphrates Region. Did the Kura-Araxes Culture play a Role?

h 18.00 Giulio Palumbi (Collegium de Lyon, Institut d'Etudes Avancées - Archéorient,
            CNRS – France)

            Push or Pull Factors? The Phenomenon of the Kura-Araxes ‘Expansion’ as Seen
            from the Western Periphery: the Case of the Upper Euphrates Valley

h 20.00 Dinner at the ‘Osteria Do Torri’Restaurant


Thursday, January 10th

SESSION 3: The Early Bronze Age

Chairman: H. Hauptmann

h 09.00 Georgi Leon Kavtaradze (Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi – Georgia)
            An Attempt at Dating the Starting Point of the Kura-Araxes Culture

h 09.25 Monica Tonussi (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Italy)
            Salt in the Economic System of Early Transcaucasian Culture (ETC): New
            Perspectives in the Interpretation of the ‘Migration’ Theory

h 09.50 Elena Rova (Humboldtian, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Italy)
            Khashuri Natsargora: New Research about the Kura-Araxes and Bedeni Cultures in
            Central Georgia

h 10.15 Ünsal Yalcin (Deutsches Bergbau Museum Bochum – Germany)
            Neue Forschungen zu den frühbronzezeitlichen Königsgräbern von Alacahöyük

h 10.40 Winfried Orthmann (Universität Halle-Wittenberg – Germany)
            Burial Mounds of the Martqopi and Bedeni Cultures in Eastern Georgia

h 11.05-11.30 Coffee break

SESSION 4: The Middle Bronze Age

Chairman: A. T. Ökse

h 11.30 Mikheil Abramishvili (Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi – Georgia)
            The South Caucasia in the Near Eastern Bronze Age Economic System

h 11.55 Stephan Kroll (Humboldtian, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München –
            Early Middle Bronze Transition in the Urmia Basin

h 12.20 Marina Puturidze (Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi – Georgia)
            On the Origins and Development of Goldsmithery of the Middle Bronze Age Trialeti

h 12.45 Gian-Maria Di Nocera (Humboldtian, Università della Tuscia,Viterbo – Italy)
            The Middle Bronze Age in the Upper Euphrates: Settlement Characters and Cultural

h 13.10 -15.00 Lunch break at the Pier Dickens Inn’ Restaurant

SESSION 5: The Late Bronze and the Transition to the Early Iron Age

Chairman: M. Tosi

h 15.00 Sevinc Günel (Humboldtian, Hacettepe University Beytepe, Ankara – Turkey)
            Die spätbronzezeitliche Siedlung von Çine-Tepecik und ihre Bedeutung für Anatolien

h 15.25 Armagan Erkanal (Humboldtian, Hacettepe University Beytepe, Ankara – Turkey)
            Panaztepe in der Spätbronzezeit

h 15.50 Stefania Mazzoni (University of Florence – Italy)
            Uşaklı Höyük and the Bronze Age of Central Anatolia

h 16.15 Aynur Özfirat (Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya – Turkey)
            New Fortesses of Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age in the Mt. Ağrı

h 16.40 Ayşe Tuba Ökse (Humboldtian, Kocaeli University, Izmit – Turkey)
            Eastern Anatolian ‘Early Iron Age’ Tribes in the Upper Tigris Region: A Cultural and
            Chronological Assessment

h 17.05-17.30 Coffee break

SESSION 5 (continued): The Late Bronze and the Transition to the Early Iron Age

Chairman: M. Salvini

h 17.30 Aram Kosyan (Humboldtian, Armenian National Academy of Sciences – Armenia)
            Urartu: Origins, Rise and Disintegration (towards Understanding the Urartian

h 17.55 Claudia Antonetti (Humboldtian, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Italy)
            Greek Colonization in the Black Sea: Reflections on Recent Trends and

h 19.30 Guided tour to St. Mark’s Basilica

h 20.30 Dinner at the Aquila Nera’ Restaurant


Friday, January 11th

SESSION 6: Metallurgy and Circulations of Metal Ore and Metal Objects

Chairman: E.N. Chernykh

h 09.00 Irine Gambashidze (Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi – Georgia) – Andreas
            Hauptmann (Deutsches Bergbau Museum Bochum – Germany)
            The Bronze Age Metallurgy in Southern Georgia: the Origin of Gold and Base Metal

h 09.25 Ernst Pernicka (University of Tübingen – Germany)
            Prähistorische Nutzung von natürlichen Ressourcen (Kupfer, Gold, Obsidian) in

h 09.50 Antoine Courcier (Université Paris I, Sorbonne – France)
            The Metallurgical Development of the Ancient Cultures in Azerbaijan (End
            6th/Beginning 5th – 1st Millennia BC
): Preliminary Results of New
            Archaeometallurgical Studies

h 10.15 Zviad Sherazadishvili (Tbilisi State University – Georgia)
            Technical, Technological and Typological Innovations and Changes of Bronze
            Weapons in South Caucasus: from the 3rd Millennium to the First Half of the 2nd
            Millennium BC

h 10.40-11.10 Coffee break

SESSION 7: Long-term Developments in the Settlement System and in the Use of
            Territory, Landscape Archaeology

Chairman: G.M. Di Nocera

h 11.10 Andrej B. Belinskij (GUP Nasledie – Russia) – Jörg Faßbinder (Department für
            Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften Geophysik, Universität München – Germany) –
            Sabine Reinhold
(Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Germany)
            Prehistoric Ring Enclosures in the North Caucasus and Their European Parallels

h 11.35 Sabine Reinhold (Humboldtian, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Germany)
            GIS-based Settlement Studies on the Phenomenon of Re-settling during the Late
            Bronze Age from Caucasus into Anatolia

h 12.00 Attilio Mastrocinque (Humboldtian, University of Verona – Italy)
            The Caucasus in the Geographic and Cosmological Conceptions of the Greeks in the
             Archaic Period

h 12.30 -14.30 Lunch break at the Pier Dickens Inn’ Restaurant

h 14.30-16.00: POSTER SESSION

Martina BabettoKatia Gavagnin (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Italy)
            Late Bronze/Early Iron Age Pottery from Natsargora, Khashuri Region (Georgia):
            a Preliminary Overview

Arsen Bobokhyan (Armenian National Academy of Sciences – Armenia)
            Investigation of Bronze Age in Armenia during the Post-Soviet Period

Sabina Brodbeck-Jucker (Forch – Swizerland)
            Some Aspects on the Pottery from Udabno in Kakheti (Eastern Georgia)

Eleonora Carminati (Melbourne University – Australia)
            The Martqhopi and Bedeni Components of the ‘Early Kurgan’ Complex in Shida
             Kartli (Georgia)

Manuel Castelluccia (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ – Italy)
            Between Caucasus and Iran: the Talesh Region in the Late Bronze Age – Early Iron

Giulia De Nobili (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Italy)
            The Shida Kartli Regional Survey: a Preliminary Report

Elena Devecchi (Humboldtian, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich – Germany)
            The North-eastern Frontier of the Hittite Empire

Uwe Heussner1Andrej Belinskij2Sabine Reinhold1Anatolij Kantarovich3
            Vladimir Maslov3 (1. Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Germany; 2.
            GUP Nasledie – Russia; 3. Institute of Archaeology RAS Moscow – Russia)
            Dendrochronology of Bronze Age Tombs from the Caucasus

Modwene Poulmarc’hFrançoise Le Mort (UMR 5133, Archéorient, Environnements et
            sociétés de l'Orient ancien, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Maison de l'Orient et de la
            Méditerranée, CNRS – France)

            New Data on Early Bronze Age Funerary Practices in Transcaucasia: an Archaeo-
            anthropological Approach

René Kunze1 Danilo Wolf² – Andy Allenberg² – Ernst Pernicka1 Gregor Borg² –
             Harald Meller3 (1. Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen – Germany; 2. Martin-
            Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg –
Germany; 3. Landesamt für Denkmalpflege
            und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt und Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle/Saale –

            Ushkiani: Geoarchäologische Untersuchungen um die prähistorische Goldmine von
            Sotk, Armenien

Silvia Palazzo (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Italy)
            Kingship between East and West in Mithridates Eupator

Sabine Reinhold (Humboldtian, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Germany)
            Dendrochronology of Bronze Age Tombs from the Caucasus

Stefano Spagni (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ – Italy)
            Metal Production in Central-Eastern Anatolia in the 3rd Millennium BC

Judith Thomalski (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Germany)
            Lithic Production in the Transition from Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age

Ünsal Yalçın H. Gönül Yalçın (Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – Germany)
            Review on the Anthropomorphic Figurines of the Early Bronze Age Royal Tombs
            from Alacahöyük

Arianna Sofia Zischow (Humboldt Universität Berlin – Germany)
            Caucasian Bronze Belts in Context

h 16.00-16.30 Coffee break

h 16.30-18.00: General discussion and plans for future cooperation. Concluding remarks.


Saturday, January 12th

h 10.45 Guided tour to the Armenian Monastery of St. Lazarus Island, Venice.


Admittance to the conference is open to the public and free 


Program (pdf)