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THURSDAY, May 21, 2009

11.30 - 13.00 Registration
13.30 - 14.00 Herbert Muether, Vice-Rector for Research, University of Tübingen
Jürgen Leonhardt, Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Tübingen
Peter Pfälzner, Speaker of the Post-graduate School "Sybols of the Dead"
Address of welcome
14.00 - 14.45 Christoph Kümmel (Bonn)
The duration of eternity - grave goods and the fragmentation of meaning in ancient funerary contexts
 14.45 - 15.30 Alfonso Archi (Rom)
The cult of the ancestors at Ebla (3rd millennium B.C.)
Coffee break
 16.00 - 16.30 Li Sang (Tübingen)
The distribution of artefacts in tombs of the third millennium BCE in the Middle Euphrates Valley: A potential reconstruction of funerary ritual activities
 16.30 - 17.15 Barbara Helwing (Berlin)
An Age of Heroes? Some thoughts on Early Bronze Age funerary customs in Northern Mesopotamia
17.15 - 18.00 Glenn Schwartz (Baltimore)
Era of the Living Dead: Funerary Praxis and Symbol in Third Millennium BC Syria
19.00 Reception

FRIDAY, May 22, 2009

09.00 - 09.45 Dominik Bonatz (Berlin)
Death Ritual, Images, and the Creation of Subjects in the Syro-Anatolian City-States
09.45 - 10.30 Candida Felli (Pisa)
Funerary practices during the Middle Bronze Age in Northern Syria
10.30 - 11.00 Panayiotis Andreou (Tübingen)
Provision for an afterlife? A re-assessment of Middle Bronze Age mortuary ritual practices in Jericho
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.15 Antoine Jacquet (Paris)
Funerary rituals and cult of the ancestors during the amorrite period according to the royal archives of Mari
 12.15 - 12.45 Anne Wissing (Tübingen)
Ritual aspects of intramural burial practice in Tall Mozan (3rd and 2nd mill. BC)
 12.45 - 13.30 Behzad Mofidi Nasrabadi (Mainz)
Overview of the Middle Elamite Funerary Rituals at Haft Tappeh
13.30 - 15.30 Lunch break
15.30 - 16.15 Priscilla Keswani (Princeton)
Urban Mortuary Practices at Enkomi and Ugarit in the Second Millennium B.C.
16.15 - 16.45 Sarah Lange (Tübingen)
Possible Sources for the Funerary Banquet in Ugarit
Coffee break
17.15 - 18.00 Andrea Kucharek (Heidelberg)
"Asiatics will not lay you to rest" - Egyptian funerary rituals and the problem of mutual influence
18.00 - 18.30 Tina Köster (Tübingen)
Alabaster as grave good: terminology and sources
18.30 - 19.00 Stefan Heitmann (Mannheim)
Noble metal for the noble dead: Archaeometallurgical investigations on gold from the royal tomb of Qatna
19.30 Conference dinner

SATURDAY, May 23, 2009

09.00 - 09.45 Steven Lundström (Berlin, Wien)
Concerning the Dead - How to bury Assyrian Kings and Queens?
Possibilities and limits of the archaeological and written evidence of the 2nd and 1st Millenium BC.
09.45 - 10.15 Matthias Lange (Tübingen)
The role of stelae in Phoenician burial customs
10.15 - 11.00 Robert Wenning (Münster)
No cult of the dead
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00 Katharina Teinz (Tübingen)
Ancestor cult - some thoughts
12.00 - 12.45 Roland Hardenberg (Tübingen)
Kyrgyz funerals and memorials from an ethnological perspective
12.45 - 13.30 Marlies Heinz (Freiburg)
Synthesis and concluding remarks
13.30 End