Nicola LANERI

Associate Professor of Ancient Near East archaeology and art history [L-OR/05]
Office: Palazzo Ingrassia (Via Biblioteca 4)
Email: nlaneri@unict.it nicolalaneri@hotmail.com
Phone: ++39-095-2508-205
Web Site: disum.academia.edu/nicolalaneri
Office Hours: Monday from 08:00 to 10:00 | Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00



Nicola Laneri teaches Archaeology of the Ancient Near East at the University of Catania and is the Director of the School of Religious Studies at CAMNES (Florence). He taught at the University of Chicago, the Middle Eastern Technical University of Ankara and the Oriental Institute of Naples. Since 2017, he has been the co-director of GaRKAP (Ganja Regional Archaeological Project) in collaboration with the  National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography). From 2003 until 2016, he has been the director of the Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project (SE Turkey). He also worked in Iran and Syria. In 2000, he was nominated Fulbright Research Scholar at the Dept. of Anthropology of the University of Columbia and Research Fellow at the Italian Academy at Columbia University. From 2001 until 2011, he has been member of the ISMEO/IsIAO. In 2002-2004, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Middle East Technical University of Ankara (Turkey). In 2005, he acted as a Research Fellow at Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. In 2015 he was nominated Erasmus visiting professor at the University of Leiden.
During his career, he organized conferences, panels and workshops as well as presented papers at internationally recognized meetings and institutions.  He published more than 90 scientific articles in journals and books such as The Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project 2003-2013 Final Report: Chronology and Material Culture (Bradypus 2016), Archeologia della morte (Carocci 2011), Biografia di un vaso (Pandemos 2009), I costumi funerari della media vallata dell'Eufrate durante il III millennio a.C. (L'Orientale 2004), and the edited volumes Performing Death: The Social Analysis of Funerary Traditions in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago 2007), Looking north: The socioeconomic dynamics of northern Mesopotamian and Anatolian regions during the late third and early second millennium BC (Harrassowitz 2012) and Defining the Sacred: Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion in the Near East (Oxbow 2015).


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- Archaeological excavations of contexts dating from the fourth to the first millennia BCe in southeastern Turkey, western Azerbaijan and western Iran.

- Ancient funerary practices

- Ancient religious practices

- Ancient pottery production in prehistoric and protohistoric Near Eastern archaeological contexts