Session 4: Crossing Boundaries. Connectivity and Interaction

Connections and interactions within the mosaic of regions of the Ancient Near East are widely attested from prehistoric times to the well-documented contacts of more recent periods. Connectivity among the regions was crucial for the circulation of materials goods and the movement of people, as well as for the diffusion and implementation of certain social, cultural and technological practices. Evidence for connectivity and interaction between the regions can be found in the archaeological record, i.e. objects and their contexts, as well as in the written record, including texts which deal with the circulation of goods, population displacement, or interaction between different groups. The aim of this session is to analyze relevant data using a multidisciplinary approach in order to understand the different levels of interactions between the various cultures and regions of the Ancient Near East.