4th KIM


August 1-4, 2019

Cultural Exchanges at Kültepe and Surroundings

from 4th to the 1st Millennium BC

The data obtained during 70 years of archaeological excavations have been presented and discussed at various meetings and conferences. The major aim of the Kültepe International Meeting (KIM) series, which was held for the first time in summer 2013 and takes place every two years, is to generate synergizing interactions among researchers studying the site of Kültepe or the ancient city of Kaneš, and thus to bring together archaeologists and philologists in the scope of multidisciplinary studies, in order to present and discuss their work.

In line with the same objectives, the 4th Kültepe International Meeting (KIM) takes place on August 1-4, 2019 at Kültepe. It gathers the archaeologists and experts collaborating with Kültepe excavations and the philologists who are working on specific archives. This meeting is  organized in two sessions:

  1. Work in progress in history, philology, art history and all the sub-disciplines of archaeology and archaeometry.
  1. Cultural Exchanges at Kültepe and Surroundings from 4th to the 1st Millennium BC: Archaeological and philological data have shown that Kültepe was in close contacts with its neighbors since the earliest periods. The main objectives of this session is to highlight and discuss these interactions that concern not only Kültepe but also the entire area covered by the Assyrian trade network, using both archaeological and textual sources.

KIM4 2019 programme

KIM4 2019 abstracts



Thursday, August 1st

 8:15                                          Buses leave Kayseri

8:45 – 9:00                              Registration at Kültepe

9:00 – 9:30                              Conference Opening, Welcome and Introduction: Fikri Kulakoğlu, Cécile Michel & Guido Kryszat

Session 1: Sealing and Writing                              Chair: Guido Kryszat

9:30 – 10:00                           Nejat & Zeynep Bilgen: Seyitömer Mound Early Bronze Age IIIb Cylindrical Seals

10:00 – 10:30                         Néhémie Strupler & Andreas Schachner: Broken and kept: Sealing practices in Ḫattuš

10:30 – 11:00                         Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30                         Jan Gerrit Dercksen: OA scribal education in its wider, Mesopotamian context, with particular emphasis on practical vocabularies and their usefulness to Assyrian pupils

11:30 – 12:00                         Wiebke Beyer:  Learning in Old Assyrian families?

12:00 – 13:30                          Lunch

Session 2: New Discoveries at Kültepe                  Chair: Adam Anderson

13:30 – 14:00                          Kazuya Shimogama (Speaker), Ryoichi Kontani, Akinori Uesugi, Yuji Yamaguchi & Fikri Kulakoğlu: Deep Sounding in Search for the Earliest Levels at Kültepe: New Results and the Early Bronze Age Ceramic Sequence in the North of Kültepe

14:00 – 14:30                          Fikri Kulakoğlu: Two Recent Collective finds at Kültepe: Alabaster İdols and Figurines Discovered in the EBA Monumental Buildings

14:30 – 15:00                          Evren Yazgan, Nihal Çevik, Cihan Ay, & Fikri Kulakoğlu: Petrographical and Mineralogical Studies of the Stone Tools Excavated at Kültepe

15:00 – 15:30                          Coffee break and poster session

Session 3: Kültepe People (1st part)                       Chair: Cécile Michel

15:30 – 16:00                          Handan Üstündağ & Mehmet Somel: Application of ancient DNA (aDNA) analysis in the reconstruction of population structure at Kültepe/Kanesh

16:00 – 16:30                          Jan Jakob de Ridder: There will be blood? Assyrian-Anatolian relations observed through ethnic designation

16:45 – 18:30 Guided Tour to the Kültepe Mound


Friday, August 2nd

 9:15                                        Buses leave Kayseri

 Session 3: Kültepe People (2nd part)                      Chair: Cécile Michel

10:00 – 10:30                          Xiaowen Shi: A Microscopic Observation on Anatolian Archives and Their Social Networks: the Case of Peruwa

 10:30 – 11:00                          Adam Anderson: Mixed-Method Approaches for Prosopographical Analysis: the co-location of people, places and things in the Kültepe Archives

 11:00 – 11:15                          Coffee break

 Session 4: Jewels and their Use                              Chair: Luca Peyronel

11:15 – 11:45                          Yılmaz Rıdvanoğulları & Fikri Kulakoğlu: Lead rings and ingots discovered at Kültepe-Kanesh Karum: Jewellery or swap tool?

11:45 – 12:15                          Cécile Michel: “I will fix a toggle pin on your breast” – New data about toggle pins in the Old Assyrian  sources

12:15 – 12:45                           Önder Ipek: Jewellery in Hittite Art and a new discovery: The Çitli Golden Armlet

12:45 – 14:15                          Lunch

Session 5: Cultural Exchanges                               Chair: Jan Jakob de Ridder

14:15 – 14:45                         Luca Peyronel & Agnese Vacca: When different worlds meet: exchange networks in Anatolia and Northern Levant during the 3rd millennium BC

14:45 – 15:15                         Sudo Hiroshi: Canaanean blades from Kültepe, Central Anatolia: Reconsidering the trade of domestic items in the Early Bronze Age

15:15 – 15:30                         Coffee break and poster session

15:30 – 16:00                         Guido Kryszat: Look to the West – New Horizons on early Assyrian History

16:00 – 16:30                         Adam Anderson: Untangeling the ‘Ušinalam Affair’: contextualizing a sparse series of cross-cultural exchanges

16:45 – 18:30   Guided Tour to the Lower Town of Kültepe


Saturday, August 3rd

9:15                                         Buses leave Kayseri

Session 6: Kültepe and Cappadocia           Chair: Selim Ferruh Adalı

10:00 – 10:30                          Çetin Şenkul e.a.: Genesis of Beyşehir Occupation Phase: Understanding Socio-Environmental Systems of Anatolia and Interactions from Kültepe-Kaniş

10:30 – 11:00                          Emin Candansayar: Geophysical Studies conducted at Kültepe

11:00 – 11:30                          Abdullah Hacar: Cultural Exchanges in Cappadocia during Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age: recent results of the archaeological survey in south western Cappadocia

11:30 – 11:45                          Coffee break

11:45 – 12:15                          Nancy Highcock: The Early and Middle Bronze Ages at Kınık Höyük, Niğde: New Results from Southern Cappadocia

12:15 – 12:45                          Mehmet Akif Günen: Presentation of Kültepe excavation area with augmented reality

12:45 – 14:00                          Lunch

Session 7: The Later Periods                                 Chair: Fikri Kulakoğlu

14:00 – 14:30                          Amir Gilan: Kaneš in Hittite Historical Consciousness

14:30 – 15:00                          Selim Ferruh Adalı: Reflections on the Late Assyrian Dry Phase in Iron Age Anatolia

15:00 – 15:30                          Coffee Break and poster session

15:30 – 16:00                          Mustafa H. Sayar: Connections between Cilicia and Cappadocia during the first half of the Ist millennium BC

16:00 – 16:30                          Burcu Tüysüz: Preliminary Remarks on Black Glazed Pottery Discovered at Kültepe

16:30 – 18:00                          All: General discussion (Publication of the Proceedings, Ongoing research etc.)


Sunday, August 4th


 Excursion to Kayalıpınar and Kuşaklı excavation sites (A. Müller-Karpe)


Programme to be downloaded here

Abstracts to be dowloaded here

80 ans du CNRS: À l’école des scribes de Babylone

4-vingts ans du CNRS et 4000 ans d’écriture : 4 projets, 4 saisons, 4 publics

À l’école des scribes de Babylone (1800 avant J.-C.) : écrire en cunéiforme et compter en base soixante

Un événement labellisé #80ansCNRS

L’écriture cunéiforme, bien qu’elle figure sur les médailles du CNRS, est encore largement méconnue. C’est toutefois la première écriture inventée dans l’histoire de l’humanité. Le projet consiste à faire découvrir cette écriture et la civilisation mésopotamienne en animant une « école de scribes » inspirée de celle de Babylone il y a 4000 ans. Les participants seront invités à écrire de petits textes en cunéiforme dans l’argile fraîche et à calculer en base 60, un système dont nous avons hérité aujourd’hui pour la mesure du temps et celle des angles.


Le projet se déroulera en quatre journées – une par saison – et s’adressera à quatre types différents de publics : scolaire en REP, familles, enseignants et habitants de Zone Urbaine Sensible (Grande Borne à Grigny). Les animateurs sont des assyriologues chevronnés, des post-doctorants et des doctorants du laboratoire Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité (Maison Archéologie et Ethnologie, Nanterre), équipe Histoire et Archéologie de l’Orient Cunéiforme.

Dates des animations (2019)

21 mars, équinoxe de printemps, Nouvel An à Babylone, pour les élèves du collège André Malraux d’Asnières

16 juin, au Musée d’Archéologie Nationale, dans le cadre des Journées Nationales de l’Archéologie, pour les familles, gratuit, sans inscription

21 septembre, à la Maison d’Initiation et de Sensibilisation aux Sciences (MISS) sur le Campus de l’UFR des Sciences d’Orsay, pour les enseignants de primaire et de collège. Les créneaux horaires pour cette journée sont disponibles sur le site de la MISS. Inscription gratuite mais obligatoire via ce lien,


14 décembre, au Centre de la Vie Sociale, 1, rue de la Plaine, Grigny, avec l’Association DECIDER, pour les habitants de la Grande Borne et tout public, gratuit, sans inscription


Projet coordonné par Cécile Michel (cecile.michel…at…cnrs.fr)

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