Wednesday, 12th February 2020

13:30 IICAS Meeting
Venue: the University of Bern, Mittelstrasse 43, 3012 Bern, Switzerland.
Building Uni Mittelstrasse, Room 116
IICAS Members only
18:00 - 19:00 Pre-Registration at the
Hotel Kreuz, Zeughausgasse 41, 3011 Bern
For those who will arrive later the registration will be on Thursday, 13th February 2020, directly at the congress venue.
19:00 Dinner Invited Speakers only



Thursday, 13th February 2020

The University of Bern, Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern, Switzerland. Building Unitobler, Room F022
08:00 Registration  
08:30 Welcome address Mango Elena
Dean, Faculty of Humanities
09:00 Opening remarks Novák Mirko
Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Bern, Bern (CH)
09:20 The Society for the Exploration of EurAsia in Contact with the Past and Present Baumer Christoph
Society for the Exploration of EurAsia, Hergiswil (CH)

Session 1: Elam and Bactria
Chair: Cerasetti Barbara 

09:35 Cultures in Contact - Cultural Transformation - Transculturation. An Archaeological Perspective Novák Mirko
Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Bern, Bern (CH)
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10:00 The fist-sized "command batons" from Elam and Bactria-Margiana Mäder Michael
Institute for Linguistics, University of Bern, Bern (CH)
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10:25 Discussion    
10:45 Coffee Break    

Session 2: Turkmenistan
Chair: Naymark Aleksander

11:10 Sharing Spiritual Life and Beliefs in the Murghab Region (Southern Turkmenistan): New Evidence from Bronze Age Terracotta Figurines and Seals  Forni Luca
Department of Human Studies, University of Trieste, Bologna (IT)
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11:35 Lock-shaped Stone Handbags (Pierre Ansées) from Central and Middle Asia: Typology, Distribution and new Findings Bonora Gian Luca
ISMEO, Ferrara (IT)
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12:00 Redefine the idea of BMAC through the last innovative data of  the Late Bronze Age Margiana Cerasetti Barbara
Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna, Bologna (IT)
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12:25 Discussion    
12:50 Lunch    

 Chair: Sollee Alexander

14:00 Swiss Research at Gonur Depe in 2014 and 2015 Langenegger Katarzyna
Department of Ancient Civilizations, University of Basel & Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Bern, Bern (CH)
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14:25 Between two cultures - the archaeological record of Akdepe Kurbanov Aydogdy
Collegium de Lyon fellow 2019-2020, Lyon (FR)
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 14:50 Sine Sepulchro cultures of the Early Iron Age: an interconnected Central Asian community of cultures Lhuillier Johanna
Archéorient UMR 5133, CNRS, Lyon (FR)
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15:15 Isotopic Studies of Bronze Age Societies in Central Asia and Iran Kroll Sonja
Archéozoologie, archéobotanique: sociétés, pratiques et enviroment, CNRS, MNHN, UMR 7209, Paris (FR)
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15:40 Discussion    
16:05 Coffee Break    


Session 3: Central Asia
Chair: Mäder Michael

16:30 Hellenistic Bactria. A view from Torbulok, Tajikistan Lindström Gunvor
Eurasia Department, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin (DE)
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16:55 Early History of Sogdiana and its international trade: silk, fur, amber, and slaves Naymark Aleksandr
Fine Arts & Art History, Hofstra University, New York (US)
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17:20 New discoveries in Paikend: on nomadic influence in Sogdian domains Omelchenko Andrey
Oriental, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (RU)
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17:45 Cultural Exchange along the Silk Road as Reflected in the Sealings Unearthed from Kafir-kala Begmatov Alisher
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Berlin (DE)
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18:10 Discussion    
19:00 Dinner at:
Haus der Universität
Schlösslistrasse 5
3008 Bern
free for Inv. Speakers, others upon registration
Directions: Take one of the following busses or trams and get off at "Kocherpark". Please cross this parc. You will find the road "Schlösslistrasse" uphill behind the parc.

tram Nr 6 in direction "Fischermätteli"
tram Nr 7 in direction "Bümpliz"
tram Nr 8 in direction "Brünnen / Westside"
Download the daily program here. The full program can be downloaded here.
You can download all abstracts here in one document.
Program subject to change.