Happy new year to all CBRL members and friends and welcome to our January newsletter.
The start of the year marks the start of CBRL’s membership year. For just £50 a year or £20 for a student membership you will receive a print copy and online subscription to one of our journals, you can apply for CBRL funding and stay at our reasonably priced hostel accommodation in Amman and Jerusalem.
This year has got off to a flying start with events in both London and Amman. The Cultural Corridors of Peace project that CBRL is a partner on culminated in an exhibition in London entitled, ARAB BEDOUIN: No Future Without Past. A delegation of Bedouin from across the Levant attended the opening and we were honoured to be joined by HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan for the event after her father, HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal, acted as patron for the Bedouin gathering that took place in October last year.
Our first lecture of 2020 was given by Robert Bewley, Director of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project (EAMENA) on the theme of discovery, documentation and the destruction of cultural heritage in the MENA region. Taking place at King's College London, this lecture was a tribute to our dear friend and colleague, Andrea Zerbini. Today, Sarah Elliott, British Academy Early Career Fellow at Bournemouth University in partnership with CBRL, is giving a CBRL-sponsored seminar at Cambridge's McDonald Institute on her research that looks at enviro-ethnoarchaeology and archaeology.
This January, for the first time, CBRL joined together with other British International Research Institutes (BIRI) to joint sponsor the student poster prizes at this year's British Association of near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) conference that took place in Oxford.
And finally, earlier this week, CBRL Amman co-hosted a three-day Knowledge Symposium on the theme of 'belonging' in partnership with the British Academy. You can read more about this event here.
We hope you enjoy reading about our news this month and we look forward to seeing you at one of our event or our institutes in the future!
From all at CBRL