Thanks from the Organising Committee

RAI 47 in Helsinki has come and gone. The Organising Committee pronounces it a success. The Oganising Committee would like to thank all the participants in RAI 47 for their cooperation in both preparing presentations and in attending them and for making the meetings both pleasant and productive. The Organising Committee would particularly like to commend the adventurous spirit of participants who were willing to travel to Tallinn for a day and to sample beer brewed in the traditional Sumerian way while listening to an updated version of Sumerian music. Our thanks for a memorable occasion.

The participants in RAI 47 in Helsinki taken immediately after the opening session on July 2, 2001.

Publication of Papers

The volume of the contributions to RAI 47, Sex and Gender in the Ancient Near East, edited by Simo Parpola and Robert Whiting, has been published.


For those of you who fell in love with Helsinki and can’t wait to get back, here are some links to information on Finland so you can keep track of what is going on here.

Information on Finland
Finland's Web page prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Information on Helsinki
The City of Helsinki's Home Page
Current Euro Exchange Rate
Current Weather
Helsinki Transport Information

and for those of you for whom the Rencontre is the thing, wherever it may be, here is a link to the home page of the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale – International Congress of Assyriology & Near Eastern Archaeology in Leiden and a link to the home page of the next Rencontre, RAI 49 in London in 2003.


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