From the Mountains to the Sea: The Relations between Animals and Humans in Lebanon through Time -workshop in Beirut 13–14 September

Workshop organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (Dr. Raija Mattila), the Department of Arts and Archaeology at Lebanese University (Dr. Jwana Chahoud) and the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut (Professor Dr. Hermann Genz)

Date: September 13–14, 2019

Location: American University of Beirut, College Hall, Auditorium B1

Call for papers: May 30, 2019

In this workshop we intend to explore the relations between animals and humans in Lebanon and the surrounding areas through time (from the Palaeolithic to the Roman Period). A wide range of sources will be used (ancient texts, iconographic sources, archaeological artefacts, archaeozoological investigations, DNA and isotope analyses) to investigate the relations between humans and animals in the region. How did humans use animals and their resources through time? How did animals shape and change human societies? How did ancient societies view animals? How did human impact change the natural habitat and thus the faunal composition of the region?

Keynote lectures:
– Salima Ikram (American University of Cairo): Animals in Ancient Egypt
– Canan Çakırlar (The University of Groningen): The significance of zooarchaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean

Please send an abstract of 250–300 words to Dr. Raija Mattila (, Dr. Jwana Chaoud ( and Professor Dr. Hermann Genz ( Deadline of submissions is May 30, 2019. Languages accepted for presentations are English and French.