Paper presented at the ASOR Annual Meeting

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.


2014 Fieldwork Season Postponed

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.

You can read more about it here (in portuguese).

Report on the Biblical Archaeology Review

The Kani Shaie Archaeological Project: Investigating Early Bronze Age Kurdistan

By Steve Renette, André Tomé and Ricardo Cabral

AbstractDuring 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.

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Featured in Science Magazine

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.

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