The 20th Congress of IOSOT 1 - 6 August, 2010

Cultural programme

Ms. Jutta Jokiranta, DTh
Congress Secretary
P.O. Box 4
FI−00014 University of Helsinki
E-mail: iosot-2010 AT
phone: +358 9 191 24348

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Monday 2 August


Public Lecture on the Archaeological Excavations
at Kinneret and Its Environs, Mon 2 Aug, 18:0019:00, PI

"Telling Tells..." – Recent Archaeological Discoveries of the European "Kinneret Regional Project" on the Northwestern Shores of the Sea of Galilee

This lecture will be presented by Juha Pakkala and Raimo Hakola on behalf of the the Kinneret Regional Project (Stefan Münger, Juha Pakkala, Jürgen Zangenberg, and Raimo Hakola).

The lecture presents the recent results of archaeological investigations at Tel Kinrot/Tell el-Oreimeh (ancient Kinneret) and Horvat Kur undertaken by the Dutch-German-Finnish-Swiss «Kinneret Regional Project» under the auspices of the Universities of Bern,  Helsinki,  Leiden and Mainz.

Kinneret – located on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel – is emerging as one of the major sites for the study of urban life in the  Southern Levant  in the Iron Age IB (11501000 BCE). Its material culture witnesses a lively and multilayered urban culture and shows a variety of cultural influences on the ancient population of the city. Since mid 1990’s field work at Tel Kinrot has concentrated on the lower city with well-preserved Iron IB structures and installations. The architecture of a domestic quarter was fully exposed and subsequently prepared for conservation. The paper also presents the most recent finds.

After a successful pioneer campaign in 2009, the Kinneret Regional Project is launching large scale excavations on Horvat Kur, a rural site inhabited from the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine period and situated on a hill 2 km west of the Lake of Galilee. Excavations in 2010 aim at establishing a local chronology, will collect data on the structure and infrastructure of a Galilean village site and are accompanied by setting up an inventory of agricultural and water management installations in the vicinity. The paper summarizes results from the 2010 campaign.

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Helsinki City Reception, Mon 2 Aug, 19:00–20:30

Helsinki City welcomes all participants to the Helsinki City Reception at the City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13, Monday evening, at 19:00–20:30 (7–8:30 pm). Prior enrolment required at the registration.