At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Steve Renette presented the paper, “Kani Shaie: An Early Bronze Age Center in the Bazyan Valley, Sulaymaniyah,” during the Archaeology of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq III session. The session focuses on recent excavations being conducted in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
You can watch below a recorded version of the paper.
Ricardo Cabral and André Tomé were invited for an interview last October on the Portuguese TV show “Sociedade das Nações” (SIC Notícias) to talk about the project and about working in Iraqi Kurdistan. You can check the interview below.
Due to the recent events in Iraq, the next fieldwork season at Kani Shaie has been postponed to May 2015. Our thoughts go out to all the people of Iraq and Kurdistan. We hope our friends in the region remain safe and that we can soon visit this beautiful country and its wonderful people again.
The KaniShaie Archaeological Project: Investigating Early Bronze Age Kurdistan
By Steve Renette, André Tomé and Ricardo Cabral
Abstract: During the first season of excavations in September 2013, the Kani Shaie Archaeological Project (KSAP)1 explored the history of occupation at Kani Shaie in the Bazyan Valley in Iraqi Kurdistan. In this short report, the directors of KSAP describe the preliminary results of the first systematic investigation in the region of a center dating to the late fourth and early third millennium B.C.E.
Kurdistan Offers an Open Window on the Ancient Fertile Crescent
By Andrew Curry
At the center of Erbil–one of the largest cities in northern Iraq and the capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan–is a reminder of its roots: an ancient citadel on an imposing mound containing a layer cake of ruins from millennia of occupation. Pottery fragments found on the slopes of this mound, or tell, show that continuous settlement stretches back at least 7500 years. Even Erbil’s name has endured: Tablets from about 2200 B.C.E. mention the city of Irbilum.