The annual Oliver Gurney Memorial Lecture presented in London by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) is being given this year by Professor Dr K Aslıhan Yener
of The Oriental Institute, (Emerita) University of Chicago, and Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University (Emerita)
Excavations at Tell Atchana (ancient Alalakh), in the Orontes valley, reveal a ritual landscape in the international Late Bronze Age and the strong cult influence of foreign contacts and foreign overlords as they exerted control over the Hatay region.
Professor Yener – co-author of The Forgotten Kingdom: Archaeology and Photography at Ancient Alalakh, a book published in 2014 to coincide with an exhibition of the same name at ANAMED, Istanbul – is particularly interested in detecting and interpreting new cults and their associated rituals, and the way, through them, the Hittites had such an impact on local society on many levels. This lecture describes newly discovered contexts and dating, sacred architecture, seals and burial practices. The book is available from cornucopia.net (post-free to subscribers).