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M. De Pietri, 2018-.
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Lectures

     Listed below are all lectures given by staff members about various aspects of our excavations.
     Occasionally, specific hyperlinks provides the reader with further information from Urkesh website or to other useful pages (or to digital material).
     The lectures are listed in chronological order, and you may go to any of the following dates:

    1985
    1986
    1987
    1988
    1989
    1990
    1991
    1992
    1993
    1994
    1995
    1996
    1997
    1998
    1999

    2000
    2001
    2002
    2003
    2004
    2005
    2006
    2007
    2008
    2009

    2010
    2011
    2012
    2013
    2014
    2015
    2016
    2017
    2018
    2019
    2020


1985

November – The American Schools of Oriental Research, Anaheim, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Archaeological Work at Tell Mozan”

November – UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“A Tale of Two Cities: Terqa and Mozan”

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1986

November – The American Schools of Oriental Research, Atlanta, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“New Sculptures from Tell Mozan”

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1987

March – American Oriental Society, Los Angeles, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Hurrian Art at Mozan?”

November – The American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston, USA
Giorgio Buccellati
“The Mozan Global Record”

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1988

1988 – Verona, Italy
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Nuovo scoperte nella Siria del Nord”

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1989

1989 – American Schools of Oriental Research, Western Branch, Claremont University, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Tell Mozan”

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1990

March – American Oriental Society, San Francisco, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Mozan Excavations”

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1991

October – The American Oriental Society, Berkeley, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Joint Expedition to Shida Kartli (Soviet Georgia)
and Connections between the Caucasus and Northern Syria”

April 18 – Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“In Search of the Hurrians: Recent Excavations at Tell Mozan, Syria”

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1992

October – American Schools of Oriental Research, San Francisco, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Seal Impressions from the Akkadian Period Excavated in Mozan”

December – Archaeological Institute of America, Los Angeles, USA
Federico A. Buccellati
“Kite Photography at Tell Mozan”

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1993

March – American Oriental Society, Chapel Hill, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Akkadian Seal Impressions from Mozan”

April – American Oriental Society, Chapel Hill, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Recent Excavations at Tell Mozan”

October 1-2 – Northwest College, WY, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Excavations at Tell Mozan”

Federico Buccellati
“Kite photography at Tell Mozan”

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1994

1994 – Lugano, Switzerland
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Alla ricerca della civiltà urrita nell'antica Mesopotamia”

1994 – UCLA Institute of Archaeology, Los Angeles, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Tales from a Hurrian Storehouse”

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1995

January 10 – Associazione Archeologica Ticinese, Lugano, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Alla ricerca della civiltã  urrita nell'antica Mesopotamia: gli scavi americani di Tell Mozan in Siria”

May – Orientalisches Institut der Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Identification of Tell Mozan with Ancient Urkesh”

November – The American Schools of Oriental Research, Philadelphia, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Identification of Tell Mozan with Ancient Urkesh”

December 2 – UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, USA
“DISCOVERY OF A LOST CAPITAL: MOZAN/URKISH AND THE HURRIAN CIVILIZATION”
1 Elizabeth Brooks
“Welcome”
2 Antonio Loprieno
“Introduction”
3 Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Search and Discovery: Tell Mozan and the Lost City of Urkish”
4 Harry Hoffner
“Hurrian Civilization from a Hittite Perspective”
5 Giorgio Buccellati
“Profile of the Hurrian Capital: Mozan/Urkish”
6 Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Reconstructing Hurrian Art”
7 Piotr Steinkeller
“The View from Abroad: Urkish in Relation to Sumer and Ebla and the Landscape of Near Eastern Archaeology”

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1996

April 3 – Symposium on the Syrian Jezira, Der ez-Zor, Syria
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

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1997

April 4 – Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“At the Origins of Hurrian Civilization: The Identification of Urkesh”

August 4 – Catholic Biblical Association, Seattle, USA
Raju Kunjummen
“The 1997 Season of Excavations at Tell Mozan”

December – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

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1998

April – Catholic University of America, Washington, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati


April – Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati


May – Khabur Symposium, Tell Beydar, Syria
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati


November 9 – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per gli Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici, Rome, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh: La prima capitale Urrita. I bordi urbani dell'Anatolia all'inizio della storia”

November – Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati


November – Julius-Maximilian-Universität, Würzburg, Germany
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

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1999

April 23 – Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Images of Power in Ancient Urkesh: A Newly Discovered Kingdom”

April 27 – UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Giorgio Buccellati
“The Discovery of Ancient Urkesh and the Question of Meaning in Archaeology”
Abstract
Webcast

November 22 – Università degli Studi, Florence, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh e le origini della civiltà urbana in Syria”

November 23 – Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, Italy
“GLI OPIFICI DI URKESH: CONSERVAZIONE E RESTAURO A TELL MOZAN”
1 Giorgio Buccellati
“Il contesto stratigrafico e il cantiere come laboratorio”
2 Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Il contesto tipologico”
3 Beatrice Angeli and Sophie Bonetti
“Il laboratorio di restauro nella missione di scavo:
problemi di intervento sul terreno; i materiali”
4 Peter Pfälzner
“The Functional Use of Conservation: From Sherds to Jars to Rooms”
5 Federico Buccellati
“La documentazione: architettura e fotografia”
6 Discussion
with Paolo Emilio Pecorella, Lanfredo Castelletti, Giacomo Chiari

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2000

January 18 – Collegio Papio, Ascona, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh: la scoperta di una nuova antica capitale”

February 2 – AIA, Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, USA
Rick Hauser
“Uncovering Ancient Urkesh”

February 14 – Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Ceramics from the Service Wing AK of the Royal Palace”

February 29 – March 1 – Università degli Studi, Palermo, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh: capitale urrita del III millennio”
“Arte e etnicità: il caso di Urkesh e gli Urriti”

March 3 – Università degli Studi, Agrigento, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh: capitale urrita del III millennio”

March 9-16 – Università degli Studi "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh e la civilità hurrita nel III millennio”

Giorgio Buccellati
“Stratigrafia e storia”

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Ceramics and the Plastic Arts”

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“La glittica”

March 24-25 – Musei Civici, Como, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Agli albori di una civiltà: La scoperta dell'antica Urkesh e le origini degli Urriti”

Giorgio Buccellati
“Prolegomena a una grammatica strutturale dei dati archeologici”

April 18 – Rotary Club, Milan, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Una grande scoperta archeologica in Siria: Urkesh, antica capitale urrita”

Federico A. Buccellati
“Life in modern and ancient Urkesh”

May 2 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Sophie Bonetti
“Tell Mozan: Conservation Work in the 1999 Season”


May 9-11 – Università degli Studi Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh: La scoperta di una capitale urrita del III millennio” “Urkesh e gli Urriti (seminario)”


May 16-17 – Università degli Studi, Trieste, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh: La scoperta di una capitale urrita del III millennio”
“Urkesh e gli Urriti (seminario)”

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2001

January 18 – Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“At the Dawn of a Civilization: Urkesh, the First Hurrian City”

January 23 – California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Recent Discoveries from Mozan.
A Review of Recent Findings at the Site of the Ancient City of Urkesh”

February 15 – Philadelphia: The Kevorkian Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Discovery of Urkesh and the Dawn of a Civilization”

February 16 – The University Museum: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Giorgio Buccellati
“Urkesh and Akkad: Ethnicity and Royal Policy”

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Urkesh Palace and Akkadian Royal Seals”

April 3 – California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh Uncovered: Excavations at the Earliest Hurrian City”

May 28-31 – Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Urkesh Excavations and the Anatolian Boundary of Sumer and Akkad”

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Royal Seals of Urkesh, Nagar and Akkad”

Giorgio Buccellati
“Steppe and River Bank. Ecological Situations of Syro-Mesopotamian Cultures”

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2002

February 12 – Istituto italiano dei Castelli, Genova, Italy
Sophie Bonetti
“Una giornata nel palazzo reale di Urkesh”

March 6 – Archaeological Institute of America; Iowa City, USA
Lara Aho
“The Lost City of Urkesh at Tell Mozan, Syria”

March 23 – American Oriental Society, Houston, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh and Akkadian Royal Seals”
Abstract

Giorgio Buccellati
“The Royal Palace of Urkesh: Recent Excavations”
Abstract


April 22-26 – Facoltà di teologia, Lugano, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“SUI FIUMI DI BABILONIA: LA SIRO-MESOPOTAMIA COME MATRICE CULTURALE DELL'ANTICO TESTAMENTO”
1 Monarchie divine e popolo di dio
La concezione dello stato in Siro-Mesopotamia
e le origini delle grandi istituzioni politiche
2 Al di lã dell'uomo
Contrastanti percezioni dell'assoluto.
3 I confini dell'eterno
Le religioni siro-mesopotamiche come istituzioni culturali
e la grande fossa necromantica di Urkesh
4 Ridar voce ai morti
L'archeologia come riconquista di esperienze umane

August 4-6 – The Catholic Biblical Association, Cleveland, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Excavations at ancient Urkesh”
“The Hurrian Passage to the Netherworld”

Giorgio Buccellati
“An Archaeologist on Mars”

Alex Martin
“From Banquet to Taboo: The Long Prehistory of a Biblical Dietary Injunction”


October 16 – The Shell Center, Damascus, Syria
Giorgio Buccellati and Federico A. Buccellati
“The Rebirth of a Lost Civilization: Excavations at Tell Mozan, Ancient Urkesh”

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2003

January 24 – Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“A Hurrian Passage to the Netherworld”

February 10 – Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Ancient Urkesh and the Netherworld”

May 8 – New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Yrok, USA
Giorgio Buccellati
“Urkesh and the Hurrians: A 'First City' in the North”

June 25 – World Archaeology Congress, Getty Panel on World Heritage, Washington D.C., USA
Giorgio Buccellati
“Beyond 'Extrinsicism': Conservation qua Archaeology at Tell Mozan, Ancient Urkesh” “Presentation and Interpretation of Archaelogical Sites: Between Social Commitment and Scholarly Understanding”
Abstract

November 4 – Consiglio Nazionale per le Ricerche, Istituto per le Tecnologie Applicate ai Beni Culturali, Rome, Italy
Federico A. Buccellati, N. Dell'Unto and M. Forte
“The Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project: An Integrated Approach of Spatial Technologies”
Abstract

November 21-28 –
CNR, Istituto per gli Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici, Rome
Università degli Studi, Venice
Università degli Studi, Udine
Università degli Studi, Trieste
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Il Palazzo Reale e l'Alto Tempio di Urkesh:
Il piú antico complesso monumentale dei Hurriti”
Abstract

November 24 – CNR, Istituto di Studi sulle Civiltà  dell'Egeo e del Vicino Oriente, Rome, Italy
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Il Palazzo Reale e l'Alto tempio di Urkesh”
Abstract

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2004

February 26 – Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Royal Palace and the High Temple at Urkesh: The Earliest Hurrian Monumental Complex”

April 21 – Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Between Hurrians and Amorites”

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2005


March 31 – Society for American Archaeology, Symposium on Ancient Apprenticeship, Salt Lake City, USA

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

“Learning from the Ancestors”
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2006

 

January 27 – The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Rick Hauser, Research Associate, International Institute for Mesopotamia Area Studies

“Artefacts & Archaeology at Ancient Urkesh (Tell Mozan, Syria)”

 

March 5 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Jean Evans, Assistant Curator, Ancient Near eastern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and staff member, Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project

“Excavating Urkesh: A Monumental Complex at Tell Mozan, Syria”


March 18 – Ancient Orient Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Giorgio Buccellati
“The Discovery of a New Urban Civilization: Urkesh and the Hurrians”

Handout

The Urkesh Global Record: Theory and Practice”
Handout


September – GORS Conference, Damascus, Syria

Federico A. Buccellati
“Tell Mozan: An Archaeologist's take on Remote Sensing”


October 16 – Museum of the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Federico A. Buccellati and J. Omar    

Urkesh: At the Wellsprings of Hurrian Civilization”

University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel


November 9 – Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati    

Archeologia e conservazione a Tell Mozan/Urkesh (Siria), la più antica città hurrita”


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2007

 

February 24 – ARCANE JZ Group, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Federico A. Buccellati    

Mozan - Urkesh: Presentation for the 1st ARCANE RG08 Workshop”

April – Digital Archaeology at ancient Urkesh Seminar, Society for American Archaeology, Austin (Texas), USA

Federico A. Buccellati    

Stratigraphy and the dynamic Build-up of the Record”

James L. Walker    

The View from an Excavation Unit”

Giorgio Buccellati    

Theoretical Principles and Website Applications”

Fanxi Xu    

The Impact beyond the Regional Sphere: Urkesh in China”

Jamal Omar    

The Wider Reach: Documentation and Presentation”

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati    

Integration of Typological Analysis”


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2008

 

May 6-8 – ICAANE, Rome, Italy

Federico A. Buccellati    

The Monumental Temple Terrace at Urkesh and its Setting - Recent Research at Tell Mozan, ancient Urkesh”

Instruments for the Communication of Archaeological Heritage – Perspectives and new Directions as seen from the Context Of Tell Mozan”

September 20 – The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Minnesota, USA

Rick Hauser    

Key to the Past: Performing the Built Environment in Very Ancient Times”


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2009

 

February 4 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Giorgio Buccellati    

When are the Hurrians Hurrian? The Persistence of Ethnicity in Second Millennium Urkesh”

April 23 – University of California-Merced, California, USA

Federico A. Buccellati    

Tell Mozan, ancient Urkesh and Archaeology in Syro-Mesopotamia”

October 20 – Rotary Clubs of Conegliano and Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Federico A. Buccellati, Patrizia Camatta    

Il presente, filtro del passato - Esperienze archeologiche in Siria”

December 4 – Universitá di Pavia, Dipartimento di Scienze dell Antichitá, Pavia, Italy

Patrizia Camatta    

Applicazione del sistema ai dati architettonici: la grande Terrazza Templare di Urkesh”

December 10 – Milan Statale University, Milan, Italy

Federico A. Buccellati    

3D, Ricostruzione e Documentazione a Tell Mozan”

Fotografia e Documentazione”

December 11 – Pavia University, Pavia, Italy

Federico A. Buccellati    

La fotografia: innovazioni tecniche delle foto con l'aquilone e metodi di utilizzazione digitale”

Sviluppi in corso: integrazione dei dati 3D nella codifica dello Urkesh Global Record”


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2010

 

June 25 – University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Federico A. Buccellati    

Seats of Power: The Architecture of Politics and Religion at ancient Urkesh”

November 19 – ASOR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, USA

Rick Hauser    

Reading Figurines: Animal Representations in Terra Cotta from Urkesh, the First Hurrian Capital (2450 BCE)”


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2011

 

n.d. – University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

 

Rick Hauser    

Reading Figurines: a new methodology”

May 5 – Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  Federico A. Buccellati
“Three-dimensional Volumetric Analysis in an Archaeological Context“

June 16-17 – Roma Tre Università, Rome, Italy

  Federico A. Buccellati
“Archaeological Parks and Beyond“

“Monumental Architecture and the Urban Environment - Presenting the 'Vision' of a City”
See handout

July 5 – Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 57, Rome, Italy

  Rick Hauser
“Reading figurines from Ancient Urkesh (2450 BCE): A New Way of Measuring Archaeological Artifacts with Implications for Historical Linguistics“
Abstract

October 20 – Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Il 'Gigante addormentata'. Gli scavi di Tell Mozan (Siria), antica Urkesh: sintesi e ultime scoperte“

Handout

December 5 – Brown Bag Lecture, Boston University, USA

Caitlin Chaves Yates
“An Eco-Archaeological Park at Tell Mozan, Syria: The Archaeological Component“


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2012

 

May 2-3 – ICAANE 6, Warsaw, Poland

Laerke Recht

Identifying sacrifice in Bronze Age Near Eastern iconography”
Abstract


Patrizia Camatta

High Temples in the Northern Mesopotamian Urban Landscape”
Abstract


Federico A. Buccellati

Diachronic Developments at the Central Monumental Complex of Ancient Urkesh (Tell Mozan)”
Abstract


May 8 – Freie Universität Berlin, Die Hurritische Überlieferung, Berlin, Germany

Patrizia Camatta

Die Tempelterrasse von Tell Mozan im Vergleich zum mesopotamischen Befund”


June 6 – Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Federico A. Buccellati

The Analysis of Volumes in Architecture The Case of Tell Mozan”


June 13 – Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

Tell Mozan/Urkesh: cronologia e cultura materiale”


September 11-13 – Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Giorgio Buccellati

The Other Urban Revolution”
Abstract

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

The Late Prehistoric Levels at Urkesh”
Abstract

Federico A. Buccellati

The Political Dimension of the Urkesh City-State?”
Abstract

From 'Meaningful Action' to a 3D Model”


October 27-28 – Household and Household Economies in 3rd Millennium BC Syro-Mesopotamia Workshop, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Federico A. Buccellati

Understanding households: a few thoughts”

Caitlin Chaves Yates

Households and neighborhoods in an urban environment: a case study using survey data from Tell Mozan, Syria”


November – American Society of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA

Caitlin Chaves Yates
“Archaeology and the Development of an Eco-Archaeological Park at Tell Mozan, Syria”

November 16 – 'Schaffen Bilder Wissen?' Workshop, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Federico A. Buccellati with P. Serba

Making Architecture Portable: Comparing Two Approaches to 3D Modelling”


November 29-30 – Milan, Italy

Federico A. Buccellati

Authenticity and Culture”

Authenticity: The Impact of Traditions”


December 3 – Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Florence, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Giorgio Buccellati

Tell Mozan/Urkesh (Syria): A Modern Face for an Ancient City”
Abstract


December 4 – Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

Ceramics and Numbers: Patterns of Use in Urkesh through Digital Analysis”
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2013

 

January 4 – Archaeological Institute of Ameria Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

The Urkesh Archaeological Project: Twenty Five Years of Research”
Abstract


January 17 – University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Federico A. Buccellati

Architecture and Communication: The Palace of Tupkish at Urkesh”


January 31 – Freie Universität Berlin, Insitut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie, Berlin, Germany

Patrizia Camatta

Hochtempel in Nordmesopotamien”


February 27 – UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

Landscapes and Urbanism: a frame for understanding the sacred and political development of Urkesh”
Abstract


April 15 – Dialogue of Civilizations, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Giorgio Buccellati
“Mesopotamia: A glorious past in a troubled present“

Abstract
Media coverage

May 14 – Roma Tre Università, Rome, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati
"L'invenzione dei grandi spazi. Frontiere, confini e percorsi in Siro-Mesopotamia"

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Migrazioni o no: il caso della Mezzaluna Fertile 'Esterna'“


July 10 – Georgian National Museum, Georgia

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“The Hurrian City of Urkesh, Past and Present: Regional Connections and Urban Contacts“


July 22 – MESEURO, Rome, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati
“La crisi siriana: Il ruolo dell'Italia e le responsabilità europee“


August 20 – Meeting per l'Amicizia fra i Popoli, Rimini, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Federico Buccellati
“La presenza di un passato remoto: la Mesopotamia nelle più recenti scoperte archeologiche“

Abstract

October 9 – Accademia dei Lincei, Italy

Marilyn Buccellati
“The Morphology and Cultural Landscape of the Hurrian Sacred“

October 14 – Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Gli Hurriti a Urkesh in Alta Siria: scavi, ricerche e conservazione“


November – American Society of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, USA

Caitlin Chaves Yates
“Urbanism in the Outer City: A Comparative Study of Early Bronze Age Outer Cities at Tell Mozan and Tell Chuera“


November 11 – Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
The Hurrian City of Urkesh: Regional Connections“
Abstract

November 19 – Cercle Genevois d'Archéologie, Geneva, Switzerland

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Dans l'œil de la tempête: les fouilles de Tell Mozan en Syrie“

December 20 – Séminaire VEPMO, ArScan, CNRS, Paris, France

Federico Buccellati
“Three dimensional Volumetric Analysis in an Archaeological Context : the palace of Tupkish at Urkesh and its representation“

December 16 – Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
Urkesh e l'alta mezzaluna fertile“


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2014

May 19 – AUR

Federico Buccellati
“A Stakeholder Success Story: The Eco-Archaeological Park at Tell Mozan, Syria"


June 23 – Institut Français à Erbil, Iraq

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Federico Buccellati
“Urkesh entre 3500 - 1300 av. J.C. / Tell Mozan, Syrie, 2011-2014 apr. J.C."


July – Peripherie Wirtschaftszonen in Siedlungen Workshop, Bonn, Germany

Caitlin Chaves Yates
“Distributed Urbanism: Variety and Complexity of Activities in Syrian Third-Millennium Outer Cities"


August 24 – Meeting per l'Amicizia fra i Popoli, Rimini, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati
“Il 'gigante addormentato': Urkesh nel periodo della rivoluzione urbana"


October 7 – Rassegna Internazionale del Cinema Archeologico, Rovereto, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Giorgio Buccellati, Federico Buccellati
“L'archeologia nell'occhio del ciclone: Alla riscoperta di valori antichi nel mezzo di un conflitto moderno"


October 30 – Licei Classico, Scientifico, Artistico Fondazione Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“La storia nascota nella terra“

Video of lecture

November 4 – Liceo 'Rosmini', Teatro Galletti, Domodossola, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“La storia nascosta nella terra“


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2015

February 27 – School of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America, USA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Federico Buccellati
“In the Eye of the Storm: Archaeology in the Midst of War in Syria"

April 28 – Berliner Antike Kolleg and Vorderasiatische Institut der Freien Universität Berlin, Germany

Caitlin Chaves Yates
“Complex Cities: Spatial Organization of Lower Towns and Outer Cities in EBA Northern Mesopotamia"

November 30 - SIRIA, patrimonio archeologico e artistico: passato, presente ... futuro?, University of Pavia, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Past, Present, Future"

December 3 – International Syrian Congress on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Beirut, Lebanon

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Samer Abdul Ghafour
“Urkesh 4000-1300 B.C., Mozan 2011-2015 A.D.”

December 18 – Fondazione Faraggiana, Novara, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Samer Abdul Ghafour
“Le due mezzelune fertili: ieri e oggi”

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2016

January 27 – Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, USA

Giorgio Buccellati
“In the Eye of the Storm: The Resilience of the Urkesh Project in the Midst of the Syrian War”

June 14 – Centro Culturale di Firenze, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Giorgio Buccellati
“Siria. Salvare la memoria per ricostruire il futuro. Adesso”

June 25 – Association for Research into Crimes Against Art

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Giorgio Buccellati
“Before the Flood: Systemic Prevention of Damage and Looting at Archaeological Sites. The Case of Tell Mozan”

October 31 – Mele Miele, Baceno, Italy

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Giorgio Buccellati
“Storie dalla Siria”

November 9 – Associazione Archeologica Ticinese, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati
“Un'esplosione di senso. Dalle origini della scrittura al cuneiforme”

November 15 – Museo Egizio, Torino, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Coraggio fra le rovine. L'archeologia come presenza morale in Siria”

December 10 – New Visions and Proposals for the Resiience of the Syrian Heritage, Damascus, Syria

Giorgio Buccellati
“The Urkesh Experiment – 1. Conservation and public outreach”

December 16 – CAMNES, Firenze, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati
“Archeologia pubblica e comunicazione in Siria: da Damasco a Urkesh”

December 17 – CAMNES, Firenze, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati
“Strategie locali di tutela e modelli di intervento: l'esperimento di Urkesh in Siria”


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2017

January 14 – AVASA, Beola, Italy

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, Yasmine Mahmoud
“Una sfida tranquilla: Il colloquio di Damasco e i progetti di AVASA”

February 8 – The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“In the Eye of the Storm: Archaeology as Moral Presence in War Torn Syria”
Video of lecture

April 1 – The PLATO Society of Los Angeles, USA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“A Syrian Snapshot: Archaeology as Moral Presence at Tell Mozan”

April 12 – Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Los Angeles, USA

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Giorgio Buccellati
“Community Archaeology 1984”
Video of lecture

April 20 – Houston Museum of Natural Science, USA

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“In the Eye of the Storm: Archaeology in the Midst of War in Syria”

October 30 – Scuola Media Statale di Domodossola

Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Giorgio Buccellati
“L'archeologia contro la guerra”.
With this meeting the school project officially starts, involving dozens of students in Italy and Syria. In a hall packed of students, the directors of the archaeological excavation of Urkesh/Tell Mozan, Giorgio and Marilyn Buccellati, described to the children the site and its importance, not only for Syria but for the whole history of the development of civilizations in the ancient world. From now on, it will be up to the young people who have attended this meeting to question themselves, together with their educators, and to exchange provocations on themes related to the past, cultural traditions and the protection of the landscape.

November 10 – Biblioteca Comunale, Baceno

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“I millenni per oggi. L'archeologia per la pace a Tell Mozan (Siria)”

November 15 – American University of Beirut

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Archaeology for a Young Future”
How an archaeological site in Syria has come to stand as a symbol of pride in the past and of hope for the future.

December 1 – 'Urkesh musical group' (Domodossola)

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Lecture at the 'Urkesh musical group' in Domodossola”.
Giorgio and Marilyn Buccellati met the youngsters who had accepted the challenge of preparing a musical interpretation of the exhibition that we are preparing for Rimini. During the lesson, the Professors presented the excavation of Urkesh and the conservation techniques used on the site, but above all they provided an overview on the general situation of the area, explaining how the local population responds to the “provocation” of archaeology. The kids, under the guidance of Prof. Enzo Sartori, showed a lively interest and enthusiastically engaged in carrying out the project.

December 8 – Shanghai Archaeological Forum

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati and Fanxi Xu
“Archaeology for a Young Future.
The New Syrian Life of the Ancient City of Urkesh”

December 13 – Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations, Northeastern University, Changchun

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“In the Eye of the Storm.
Archaeology in the Midst of War in Syria”

December 15 – Biblioteca Teresiana, Università degli Studi, Pavia

Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Il nuovo volto dell'archeologia nel Vicino Oriente:
l'impatto sulle comunità locali”
Two conferences on Urkesh have been held in Pavia; we were guests of Prof. Clelia Mora. Yasmine Mahmoud, a graduate student of the history program at the University of Pavia, came for the occasion from Damascus, and we see her here together with Prof. Mora, Giorgio and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, in the “Biblioteca Teresiana”, the place of one of the two conferences. The other conference was given to a group of high school students, to whom we presented in particular our middle schools program.


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2018

January – Qamishli

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“Urkesh at the Qamishli middle school”
In January, our project to raise awareness towards the past among the children started in Qamishli. Here are our first students, smiling and proud in their class where they meet in the afternoon to study English. The project currently involves a twinning with a music middle school in Domodossola, where three classes have already begun to reflect on the value of the past from the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year. We are sure that from this newly established dialogue we will all have much to learn, about ourselves and the younger generations.

March 28 – Durham University (UK)

Giorgio Buccellati, Stefania Ermidoro
“Conference at the BANEA conference, Durham University (UK)”
Our project was presented at the annual conference of the British Association for Near East Archeology, BANEA. In particular, we have emphasized the three "pillars" on which our project is based: conservation of the archaeological site, research and education program, and support for the local economy. Always counting on the relationship of mutual trust that has been established over the years between the directors of the excavations with the local communities. The results obtained at Tell Mozan, despite the simplicity of the means at our disposal and the economy of the resources that we use, have been recognized also on this occasion as a unique example of resilience and presence on the territory.

June 18 – San Marino Republic (Villa Manzoni)

Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“I valori nascosti dell'archeologia: un episodio della guerra in Siria”
[“The hidden values of archaeology: an episode of the Syrian war”].
In Villa Manzoni, in the Republic of San Marino, there has been a conference entitled “I valori nascosti dell'archeologia: un episodio della guerra in Siria” [“The hidden values of archaeology: an episode of the Syrian war”], promoted by the State Congress of the Republic of San Marino in collaboration with Banca di San Marino SpA and the Foundation “Meeting per l'Amicizia fra i Popoli” [Meeting for friendship among peoples]. In addition to the directors of the Tell Mozan/Urkesh project, Giorgio and Marilyn Buccellati, also Nicola Renzi (Italian Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Justice), Domenico Lombardi (CEO of the Banca di San Marino SpA), and Emilia Guarnieri (President of the Foundation “Meeting per l'Amicizia fra i Popoli”) took part to this initiative. This has been the occasion to discuss about the current situation in Syria and the role that archaeology can play in order to restore the profound value of the dispersed or destroyed cultural heritage, and give it back to the Syrian population.

June 23 – Leiden

[credits: E. van Nieuwland] Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati
“'Archaeology for Peace' in Leiden”
Once again, our project has been the protagonist of a major event: this time in Leiden, in the Netherlands. The university of Leiden, in collaboration with the associations “Ex Oriente Lux” and “Oriental Landscape Leiden” has invited the Profs. Buccellati to an entire day of debate and reflection about the topic “Archeology for Peace” [an abstract of the paper given by the Professors is available at this link]. The event included an exhibition on Urkesh which showed the latest projects carried out on the site together with the local communities, as well as a conference. Giorgio and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati explained how Urkesh, today, is a symbol of pride in a shared past and a united future. The day has ended with an evening performance by the “New European Ensemble & Geert Mul”, with music inspired by the Syrian city of Palmyra.

November 14-17 – Denver (USA)

Federico Buccellati
“Research, Communication, and Identity in Times of Crisis: The Example of Tell Mozan”
Federico Buccellati attended the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) held in Denver (USA), with a presentation entitled “Research, Communication, and Identity in Times of Crisis: The Example of Tell Mozan”. A large audience composed of colleagues from all over the world could thus hear how the archaeological mission is still active in Urkesh, and be informed about the numerous activities constantly supported by AVASA.


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2019

March 14 – Kiel

Hiba Qassar
“Archaeology and Syrian Identity: 'Urkesh Gate', a good Tale from Syria”

On the occasion of the International Workshop Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI, at the German University of Kiel, Hiba Qassar gave a lecture entitled “Archaeology and Syrian Identity: 'Urkesh Gate', a good Tale from Syria”. The conference raised considerable interest, and it prompted a discussion on the possibility of following the example of Mozan as a method to be applied in other Mediterranean sites. At this page you can find a description of the event by Hiba Qassar.

May 15 – Berlin (FUB)

Federico Buccellati
“Tell Mozan and the possibilities of cultural protection from below”

“Tell Mozan and the possibilities of cultural protection from below”. This is the title of an invited lecture given by Federico Buccellati at the Freie University in Berlin, within the frame of a Seminar entitled “Basics and development of cultural property protection in the Middle East”. Federico Buccellati has provided evidence of the efficient Site Preservation Project carried out at Tell Mozan, also addressing wider issues such as Cultural Heritage and Community Archaeology.

December 14 – Shanghai

Fanxi Xu
“Long range connections in Mesopotamia as evidence of globalization: the Hurrians of Urkesh and the cloves of Terqa”

“Fanxi Xu, a collaborator and former member of the Tell Mozan archaeological mission, has given a paper in Shanghai entitled “Long range connections in Mesopotamia as evidence of globalization: the Hurrians of Urkesh and the cloves of Terqa”. The presentation, written in collaboration with Federico Buccellati, Giorgio Buccellati, and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, analyzes the existing geographical links in the so-called 'Outer fertile crescent' on the basis of the archaeological findings made in the two sites.

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2020

June 11, 16, 23 – Università degli Studi di Napoli “L'Orientale”
ISMEO - Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l'Oriente.

Flyer PDF

Matteo Delle Donne
Ciclo di seminari/Cycle of lectures
“Lo sfruttamento delle piante durante la protostoria/Plant exploitation during protohistory”

1) Lo sfruttamento delle piante in Africa nordorientale tra IV mill. a.C. e I mill. d.C. L'apporto di nuove riflessioni tra archeobotanica e numismatica/Plant Use in Northeastern Africa between the 4th mill. BC and the 1st mill. AD. New Reflections between Archaeobotany and Numismatic (11 June 2020);
2) Ricerche archeobotaniche nel Vicino Oriente Antico. Uno sguardo al Kurdistan siriano/Archaeobotanical Research in Ancient Near East. A Glance to the Syrian Kurdistan (16 June 2020);
3) Ricerche bioarcheologiche a Shahr-i Sokhta: legni, semi e tessuti/Bioarchaeological Research at Shahr-i Sokhta: Woods, Seeds, Fruits, and Textiles (23 June 2020).

Italian abstract (by Matteo Delle Donne):
     “Il ciclo di seminari dal titolo Lo sfruttamento delle piante durante la protostoria intende fornire alcuni strumenti teorici e metodologici indispensabili per la comprensione dell'antico rapporto tra l'uomo e l'ambiente, mediante la presentazione di casi di studio specifici, tra Africa nordorientale, Vicino e Medio Oriente, di ambito protostorico.
     L'analisi e lo studio delle numerose attestazioni di resti vegetali provenienti dai contesti archeologici indagati da missioni italiane tra Egitto (Naqada), Sudan (Kassala) ed Eritrea (Adulis) ha fornito la possibilitàdi approfondire la nostra conoscenza in merito a un importante aspetto del passato. Inoltre, lo studio delle raffigurazioni di spighe di cereali sulle monete del Regno di Aksum può fornire nuovi utili elementi di riflessione relativi all'importanza della coltivazione di cereali nell'agricoltura etiope, sia al giorno d'oggi che in passato.
     Lo studio dei resti di piante dal sito di Tell Mozan (Siria nordorientale) ha reso possibile ottenere nuove informazioni su quel peculiare rapporto che la comunità antica insediata nella regione attraversata dall'Alto Khabur ha instaurato con l'ambiente nel quale era inserita. A tal fine, ci si è avvalsi di un approccio interdisciplinare che ha consentito di tracciare una parte dell'evoluzione del mondo vegetale, mediante lo studio dei resti di semi e frutti provenienti dagli scavi del sito. La ricerca, quindi, integrando le informazioni provenienti da fonti archeologiche e archeobotaniche, ha consentito di ricostruire il quadro del paesaggio ecologico e culturale di una parte della Jazira siriana sul finire della protostoria.
     Il sito di Shahr-i Sokhta è uno dei più importanti archivi della biodiversità antica dell'Iran sud-orientale, nel quale sono state ampiamente registrate le interazioni tra piante, animali e comunità umane che hanno vissuto, per circa due millenni, nell'insediamento. Al momento delle prime indagini condotte nel sito, nel 1967, la diffusa presenza di resti di piante e animali nel deposito archeologico ha posto gli archeologi di fronte alla necessità di ampliare il campo delle indagini archeologiche, estendendole alle scienze naturali. Lo studio dei materiali organici di questo sito ci ha permesso di conoscere le specie legnose utilizzate nell'insediamento per gli scopi connessi alla vita quotidiana degli abitanti, di ricostruire l'antica agricoltura e di approfondire l'antica produzione tessile e l'artigianato degli abitanti del Sistan durante il III mill. a.C.”

English abstract (by Matteo Delle Donne):
     “The cycle of lectures entitled The exploitation of plants during protohistory aims to provide some theoretical and methodological tools needed to understand the ancient relationship between man and the environment, through the presentation of specific case studies, among Northeastern Africa, Near and Middle East, in protohistoric times.
     The analysis and study of a great number of plant remains from the archaeological sites investigated by Italian expeditions among Egypt (Naqada), Sudan (Kassala), and Eritrea (Adulis) allowed to deepen our knowledge about a particular aspect of the past. Moreover, investigation on the cereal ears depicted on Aksumite coins provided new elements of reflection for understanding the importance of cereal cultivation in Ethiopian agriculture, both today and in past.
     The study of plant remains from Tell Mozan (northeastern Syria) made it possible to obtain new information about the peculiar relationship between the ancient communities settled in the Upper Khabur region and their own environment. In order to achieve this goal, an interdisciplinary approach has been adopted, which has shed light on the evolution of the plant world, through the study of the botanical macroremains from the archaeological site. Thus, the ecological and cultural landscape of a part of the past Syrian Jazira has been reconstructed, by integrating the information coming from the archaeological features and the archaeobotanical remains.
     The site of Shahr-i Sokhta is one of the most important archives of the past biodiversity of southeastern Iran where the interactions between plants, animals, and the human communities that lived in the settlement over about two millennia have been recorded. At the time of the first archaeological excavation of the site, in 1967, the diffuse presence of plant and animal remains in the archaeological deposit placed archaeologists in front of the need to widen the field of archaeological investigations, extending them to the natural sciences. The study of organic materials from this site allowed us to know the wood species used in the settlement for the daily life of the inhabitants, to reconstruct the ancient agriculture, and to identify the ancient textile production, and craft of the inhabitants of Sistan during the third millennium BC.”

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